American Pharoah walking shot

Fifth Winner for American Pharoah

US Triple Crown hero American Pharoah has posted his fifth first crop winner in the US with an impressive turf win at Saratoga for talented filly Sweet Melania (2f American Pharoah x Sweet n Discreet, by Discreet Cat).

Placed at her two previous outings, the Todd Pletcher trained filly stalked the pace and lengthened stride down the running to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by a length and a quarter.

A $600,000 Keeneland September purchase raced by Robert and Lawana Low, she is the second winner from stakes-winner Sweet N Discreet, a sibling to Grade II winners Travelin Man and Discreet Dancer.

She is the fifth winner (all of them so far on turf) for American Pharoah, who also sired a new stakes horse on Sunday with Saqqara King placed in the Listed Prix Romand de Chambure at Longchamp in France.

American Pharoah will have yearlings at the Australasian sales in 2020 and returns to Coolmore Australia this spring at a fee of $66,000.