$250,000 Filly Leads Way for Pharoah in Australia
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s Southern Hemisphere sales success continued at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale this week when his stunning Lot 530 brought AUD$250,000 from Andrew Forsman.
The daughter of the terrific producer To Please A Lady was consigned by Tooloonganvale Farm and was the highest priced offering from the nursery. An extended period in the ring saw Forsman win a competitive bidding war that will have the filly heading to New Zealand to be trained by Forsman and his training partner Murray Baker.
“I have inspected A LOT of yearlings this year but none have taken me like this filly did,” Forsman tweeted after his winning bid. “Had presence and class like only the good ones do. By Triple Crown winning and boom US Freshman Sire American Pharoah can't wait to have her in the stable preparing for classic races!”
To Please A Lady’s six winners from seven runners have won a combined 50 races between them with three winning more than 10 races each. To Please A Lady is a half-sister to Group I-placed Picholine, the dam of two-time Group I winner Rebel Raider and two other stakes winners.
Other high prices for American Pharoah at Classic include a filly from Miss Fearless that made AUD$180,000 for Fairview Park when secured by Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock and a colt from Madison Quays that made AUD$160,000 for Lime Country Thoroughbreds to the bid of Ardross Bloodstock.
American Pharoah had the highest average of any freshman sire at the Classic Sale with five sold for an average of $151,000. American Pharoah’s first Southern Hemisphere crop has been in high demand with the stallion leading first season sires at both Magic Millions and Karaka over the past month.
Champion Freshman Sire in the U.S. last year, American Pharoah is the sire of 14 stakes horses led by five stakes winners including Breeders’ Cup winner Four Wheel Drive.