American Pharoah Colt Sells for NZ$575,000 At Karaka
American Pharoah’s first Southern Hemisphere crop continued to shine on Saturday night when a colt out of Group III winner Posavina sold for NZ$575,000 to Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster at Karaka in New Zealand.
A half-brother to Listed placed Podravina, the colt sold late in the first session of the sale as Lot 189 from the Pencarrow Stud draft. The colt’s dam is a half-sister to Group II winner and Group I-placed Rasa Lila and Listed placed Luen On Dance Kid.
“He’s doing a super job and they’re doing it on the grass and on dirt. To have a Triple Crown winner standing down here is a privilege and he’s leaving really good types,” Mulcaster told Thoroughbred Daily News AusNZ.
It’s a familiar family for U.S. breeders with his third dam, Belmont Grade I winner Tis Juliet and fourth dam U.S. Grade II winner My Juliet, who is also the dam of multiple U.S. Grade I winner Stella Madrid.
Bred by Pencarrow Thoroughbreds, the colt was the third most expensive of the session and most expensive colt by a first-crop sire.
“He moved so nicely, we really liked the horse,” said Mulcaster. “I took Chris (Waller) to see him on Saturday and as soon as he saw him he said he should be a good horse for us and we’re lucky we’ve got good backing and we were able to get him. We really love the sire and he was such a good mover.”
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is off to a spectacular start at stud in the Northern Hemisphere as Champion Freshman Sire in the United States with 30 winners led by Grade II Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Four Wheel Drive and Grade II Jessamine Stakes winner Sweet Melania among his four stakes winners.