American Pharoah's Turned Aside Brings $725,000
American Pharoah’s graded stakes winner Turned Aside proved to be popular near the end of Keeneland’s January Sale on Thursday when bringing $725,000 as the second most expensive horse of the final session.
Sold by Lane’s End on behalf of the Complete Dispersal of the Estate of Paul Pompa Jr., Turned Aside was purchased by West Point and DJ Stable less than two months after winning the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship for his second career stakes victory.
“It is very rare to find a horse like this (to buy),” West Point’s Terry Finley said. “(Turned Aside’s former trainer) Linda Rice did a great job with him. I got to know Paul about 10 years ago. He was a kind and classy guy, and you never heard a cross word about Paul Pompa. I hope we can carry on his legacy. He built a beautiful program. They won and they did it in style. I was a huge fan. We in the industry are heartbroken and sad that we don’t have Paul around anymore. We will do our best to sustain his legacy.”
Out of the Grade III-placed mare Sustained, Turned Aside will be heading to Mark Casse in Florida for his 4-year-old campaign.
A top sire of his generation, American Pharoah has sired 13 stakes winners, eight graded stakes winners, and 25 stakes horses led by European Champion 2-Year-Old Van Gogh and Grade I winner Harvey’s Lil Goil. He leads all North American and European third crop stallions by Grade I winners, Grade I stakes performers, graded stakes winners, and graded stakes horses.