American Pharoah Colt Tops ARQANA Breeze Up Sale
A stunning bay colt by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah topped the 2019 ARQANA Breeze Up Sale at Deauville on Saturday when selling for 1.1 million euros.
Consigned by Grove Stud, the US bred colt from superbly related mare Tare Green was bought by the Broadhurst Agency on behalf of MV Magnier and the Coolmore partners and will be trained by Andre Fabre.
A colt with a real European flavour to his pedigree, his dam Tare Green is a half-sister to Group I winner Leroidesanimeaux from the family of legendary blue hen Hasili, the dam of Group I stars Intercontinental, Banks Hill, Cacique, Heat Haze, Champs Elysees and leading sire Dansili.
"We had a good order from the Coolmore partners and Andre (Fabre) came here yesterday especially to see this colt and loved him. He is delighted to have his first American Pharoah colt to train from a family he knows so well," said Broadhurst Agency’s Laurent Benoit.
The colt was a successful pinhook having been bought from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $275,000.
"It felt expensive at the time I signed for him," said pinhooker Brendan Holland.
"I looked at all the American Pharoahs at Keeneland and I loved their minds, the way they just came out and stood. This is a big colt but he is very light on his feet. To breeze as well as he did for such a big horse - he just did it very easily. When I go to America to buy [yearlings by] these sires I like to have some turf form on the dam's side."