American Pharoah was so impressive in winning the Gr.1 Del Mar Futurity and Gr.1 FrontRunner Stakes that the compilers of the Experimental Free Handicap awarded him joint-top weight with the BC Juvenile winner and it was American Pharoah who secured the Eclipse Award. The following season he justified all the confidence shown in him by becoming the first Triple Crown winner for 37 years. In the process he showed all the talent, versatility, durability and courage which entitle him the greatest of respect as a stallion.
His pedigree is a blend of speed and stamina, as his dam Littleprincessemma is closely related to Storm Wolf (Gr.2 winner over 7f) and Misty Rosette (Gr.3 winner over 6½f).
American Pharoah’s bloodlines allow him tremendous scope. Mr Prospector will be back in the sixth generation of his foals and his pedigree is free of such as A.P. INDY, SEATTLE SLEW, DANZIG, SADLER’S WELLS, DEPUTY MINISTER, ROBERTO and HALO. Even STORM CAT will be back in the fourth generation of his foals and FAPPIANO in the fifth, allowing a second line.
Empire Maker sired Gr.1 winners from mares by three different sons of SEATTLE SLEW, including Royal Delta from an A.P.INDY mare. Altogether he sired 8% black-type winners from daughters of A.P.INDY. Empire Maker’s son Bodemeister has sired American Anthem from an A.P.INDY mare and Once On Whiskey from a MINESHAFT mare. American Pharoah must be a prime candidate for daughters of A.P. INDY and his sons such as PULPIT, MALIBU MOON and MINESHAFT. His high-priced first-crop yearlings included a $1.4m colt with a PULPIT dam and a $1.2m filly with a MALIBU MOON dam. He also had an $800,000 colt with a dam by A.P. Indy’s son OLD TRIESTE.
Daughters of TAPIT would create 4x4 to UNBRIDLED while BERNARDINI is broodmare sire of Pioneerof The Nile’s Gr.3 winner Dark Nile.
Empire Maker sired 15% black-type winners from daughters of SEEKING THE GOLD. There are numerous other options from this MR PROSPECTOR male line, including KINGMAMBO, CARSON CITY, SMART STRIKE, CURLIN, DISTORTED HUMOR, SPEIGHTSTOWN (4x4 to Storm Cat) and STREET CRY. EL CORREDOR, a grandson of GONE WEST, is the broodmare sire of two high-priced first crop yearlings by American Pharoah.
Mares by sons of Storm Cat create only 4x3 to STORM CAT. This is well worth trying, as Empire Maker sired Bodemeister and In Lingerie from daughters of STORM CAT. Pioneerof The Nile also sired the champion 2yo Classic Empire from a grand-daughter of STORM CAT. American Pharoah’s high-priced yearlings included youngsters with dams by CAT THIEF and DISCREET CAT, and two with second dams by STORM CAT, while the high-priced colt out of Crisp is inbred 4x4 to STORM CAT.
Empire Maker sired a Gr.1 winner from a mare by Danzig, plus Gr.2 winners from mares by Danzig’s sons BELONG TO ME and PINE BLUFF. This suggests American Pharoah could thrive with mares by other dirt performers by DANZIG, such as WAR FRONT, HARD SPUN and EXCHANGE RATE.
American Pharoah’s first crop includes three out of mares by GALILEO, two sold for $750,000 and $675,000.
EL PRADO and his sons MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY are other members of the SADLER’S WELLS line.
A mare by TOUCH GOLD is the dam of a $1m colt by American Pharoah. This suggests daughters of AWESOME AGAIN, DEHERE and GHOSTZAPPER, especially when Pioneerof The Nile has a Gr.3-winning juvenile with a dam by GHOSTZAPPER.
Pioneerof The Nile sired Gr.3 winner Vinceremos from a MORE THAN READY mare and Preakness third Social Inclusion from a SAINT BALLADO mare. American Pharoah’s high-priced first crop yearlings included a $525,000 colt with a MORE THAN READY dam and an $800,000 colt with a second dam by SOUTHERN HALO.
Bodemeister sired the Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming from a mare by IN EXCESS. In Excess’s son INDIAN CHARLIE sired the dam of American Pharoah’s $2.2m first-crop yearling. This suggests that daughters of UNCLE MO will also prove to be extremely fruitful with American Pharoah.