Cafe Pharoah Second Winner in Two Days for Pharoah
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s Japanese success continued on Friday night when Cafe Pharoah (2c American Pharoah x Mary’s Follies, by More Than Ready) became his fifth winner from seven runners in the country.
Making his debut over nine furlongs on dirt, Cafe Pharoah dictated the pace from the start with Ryan Moore aboard in the 13 horse field. Running along with his ears pricked, the colt looked to be in a different league as he continued at a relaxed gallop as other jockeys started to urge their mounts along. Cornering well into the stretch, it only took a little urging from Moore for Cafe Pharoah to find another gear and race away to win by 10 lengths for trainer Noriyuki Hori.
Owned by Koichi Nishikawa, the colt was bred by Paul Pompa and purchased earlier this year at the OBS March 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale for $475,000 from Eddie Woods’ consignment.
Cafe Pharoah is a half-brother to Grade II winner Regal Glory and Grade III winner Night Prowler with all three out of Grade II winner Mary’s Follies. The colt is her fourth winner from five to race and she has a yearling Uncle Mo colt in the wings as well.
Cafe Pharoah is the second winner in two days for leading freshman American Pharoah, who now has 26 winners in six different countries, including four stakes winners and 11 stakes horses overall. It has been a fairytale start to his stallion career with his crop headlined by a Breeders’ Cup winner and two thirds at the meet from three runners in addition to two other Grade I-placed runners.