March 1, 2017
The 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season will see the arrival in the Hunter Valley of the first Triple Crown winner…View Article
American Pharoah has a pedigree which includes infrequently seen ancestors that can be married with more commonly found family members in broodmares, for great effect.
American Pharoah is relatively light in the ALMAHMOUD family, with only two presences of Northern Dancer on his fifth remove. This opens up avenues for the myriad of broodmares in Australia which are equipped with plenty of representation of this important line. DANEHILL is a member of this prepotent family, so mares from this prolific sire line will suit. Broodmares carrying other ALMAHMOUD descendants such as HALO (grandsire of MORE THAN READY), ORPEN, WAY OF LIGHT, MACHIAVELLIAN (sire of STREET CRY), ESPERERO, EXIT TO NOWHERE, CANNONADE, NUCLEAR FREEZE, CATRAIL, EAGLE EYED, EL MOXIE, YOUTHFUL LEGS, L’EMIGRANT and ARCTIC TERN provide significant reinforcement for American Pharoah. More NORTHERN DANCER is certainly also welcome.
The presence of Storm Cat on his third remove calls for NIJINSKY II and BLUSHING GROOM who are proven to have a genetic affinity with Storm Cat. Nijinsky II is present in the pedigrees of mares by (or carrying) FASTNET ROCK, ROYAL ACADEMY, WESTERN SYMPHONY, WHISKEY ROAD, YEATS, SERHEED, KALA DANCER, CAERLEON and BLETCHLEY PARK, amongst others. Blushing Groom can be sourced from daughters or granddaughters of sires such as FANTASTIC LIGHT, NASSIPOUR, NOVERRE, QUEST FOR FAME, RAINBOW QUEST, REDDING, SPECTRUM, VISCOUNT and WAR PASS.
Storm Cat is closely related to ROYAL ACADEMY and works well with him. Class racehorse and sire Foxwedge is a product of this cross. Foxwedge’s sire FASTNET ROCK not only carries Royal Academy, but also offers Danehill (see above) for American Pharoah.
Carrying Mr. Prospector on his sire line, American Pharoah should appreciate reinforcement of this, the FRIZETTE family. Individuals such as SEATTLE SLEW, SING SING, DJEDDAH, ROAN ROCKET, TWENTY FOUR KARAT, GREGORIAN, FERDINAND, JET PILOT, TO MARKET, LOMOND, MUKADDAMAH and OMAN in mares’ pedigrees are desirable.
American Pharoah carries a duplication of LA TROIENNE family member Buckpasser and a line to La Troienne’s half-brother Cornish Prince, all via his grandsire, Empire Maker. MORE THAN READY, WOODMAN, CONGRATS, PRIVATE ACCOUNT, BUPERS, FRANCIS S., HOOK MONEY, MR. BUSHER, PARDAL, THE AXE II, ARDAN, BIMELECH, NOBLE BIJOU, BELONG TO ME and RHYTHM are other LA TROIENNE family members to seek in matings.
Mares carrying Star Kingdom create an outcross with American Pharoah’s pedigree. Individuals to look for include BLETCHINGLY, BUREAUCRACY, COVETOUS, HURRICANE SKY, KENNY’S BEST PAL, MARSCAY, TODMAN, SHIFNAL and WEASEL CLAUSE.
Multiple lines to War Admiral (8 lines), Bold Ruler (4) and Eight Thirty (3) further back in American Pharoah’s pedigree will appreciate the presence of more of these ancestors as well as PRINCE JOHN in mares’ pedigrees. These four individuals have a well recognised affinity. Damsires which offer these include SALIERI, CARNEGIE, BRIEF TRUCE, SUCCESS EXPRESS (and son MOSSMAN), MAGIC ALBERT, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, BROCCO, ROYAL ACADEMY, ZABALETA and IS IT TRUE.
General (sire of Lord At War in American Pharoah’s sire’s pedigree) is a member of the MARCHETTA family. BLEVIC, TESTA ROSSA, IRISH RIVER, MY BABU, KLAIRON, HOTFOOT, BUSTINO, TURN-TO, SAYANI, ALYCIDON, BOREALIS, ACROPOLIS, AGRICOLA, AMBIORIX, RAPIER II, IMPERIAL PRINCE, STUNNING and PHARAMOND II would be desirable in a broodmare. SIR TRISTRAM carries MARCHETTA family members Turn-to and My Babu. Descendants of Sir Tristram include OCTAGONAL (who adds Klairon), KAAPSTAD, SAVABEEL, LONHRO, DENMAN, MARAUDING, MILITARY PLUME and ZABEEL.
Like American Pharoah’s sire Pioneerof The Nile, E DUBAI is out of a Lord At War mare. By Mr. Prospector, his pedigree repeats both those elements present in Pioneerof The Nile.
El Gran Senor, damsire of American Pharoah’s grandsire Empire Maker, is a member of the TORPENHOW family. NIJINSKY II, REDOUTE’S CHOICE, DOMESDAY, MANHATTAN RAIN, RUBICK, AL MAHER, FAR NORTH, NEW REGENT, HURRICANE SKY, XAAR, FREE AMERICA, FRIENDLY RELATION, RULER, MASTERCLASS, THE MINSTREL (sire of PALACE MUSIC) and TRY MY BEST are other family members to seek to reinforce this important line.
American Pharoah’s second damsire Ecliptical carries some interesting elements. He is from the REAL DELIGHT family of ALYDAR, GRAND SLAM and closer to home, ORATORIO (Ire). The latter’s daughters are particularly appealing, as he also carries fellow family member Alydar.
Ecliptical is by Exclusive Native, whose relations DEPUTY MINISTER (sire of DEHERE) and GENERAL ASSEMBLY boost this line. Ecliptical’s damsire Chieftain is a close relation of ALZAO.
American Pharoah’s pedigree carries Nasrullah / Princequillo crosses via Key To The Kingdom, Secretariat and Chieftain. Repeating this pattern by providing ancestors such as DIGNITAS, RIVERMAN, CHIEFTAIN, GODSWALK, FIRST CONSUL, IMPERIALIST, PRINCE TENDERFOOT, WITHOUT FEAR, MILL REEF, TARGOWICE, BOLD LAD (USA) and KRIS S in mares will strengthen this potent pattern.
Eclipse Award winning Champion 2YO
The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years
1st Breeders Cup Classic-Gr.1, 2000m., Keeneland by 6½ lengths from Effinex and Honor Code.
1stHaskell Invitational-Gr.1, 1800m., Monmouth Park by 2¼ lengths from Keen Ice and Upstart.
1stBelmont Stakes-Gr.1, 2400m., Belmont Park by 5½ lengths from Frosted and Keen Ice.
1stPreakness Stakes-Gr.1, 1900m., Pimlico by 7 lengths from Tale of Verve and Divining Rod.
1stKentucky Derby-Gr.1, 2000m., Churchill Downs by a length from Firing Line and Dortmund.
1stArkansas Derby-Gr.1, 1800m., Oaklawn Park by 8 lengths from Far Right and Mr. Z.
1stRebel Stakes-Gr.2, 1700m., Oaklawn Park by 6¼ lengths from Madefromlucky and Bold Conquest.
2ndTravers Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Saratoga to Keen Ice.