$1-Million Party Season Wins for American Pharaoh
American Pharoah’s well-bred Party Season (3c American Pharoah x Party Silks, by Touch Gold) got his sire’s weekend started on the right note with a maiden victory in Ireland on Friday.
Racing over 10½ furlongs, Party Season was alongside the leader nearly from the start as he raced a few paths off the rail. With Seamie Heffernan aboard, Party Season took over inside the final two furlongs and raced away from the field.
In the end, Party Season won by 1¾ lengths over Gleneagles’ Eagle’s Flight to take his record to two on-the-board finishes in three starts.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien for the Coolmore partners, the Gerard A. Nielsen-bred was a $1-million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale purchase by M.V. Magnier from Summerfield.
Out of Party Silks, Party Season is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner and multiple Grade I-placed Upstart and stakes-placed New York Hero. Party Silks is a half-sister to Grade II winner Josh’s Madelyn with her stakes placed dam out of stakes winner Intently. That mare is the dam of two stakes winners and the granddam of Spanish champion Plantagent.
The sire of over 70 winners, American Pharoah leads all North American Second-Crop Sires in nearly every category. The Triple Crown winner and last year’s Champion Freshman Sire has seven graded stakes winners, 10 stakes winners, and 17 graded stakes horses among his runners led by Grade I winner Harvey’s Lil Goil.