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Outstanding First Book For American Pharoah

Thursday, 15th December 2016

Coolmore has released the names of some of the outstanding mares that visited Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his first season at Ashford Stud, reports Racing Post. Of the 208 mares covered by American Pharoah in his first book, 55 (26 per cent) were either Gr1 winners or the dams of Gr1 winners, according to data supplied by the American Jockey Club and Coolmore. Prominent international breeders from Europe and Asia who supported American Pharoah included the Aga Khan, the Niarchos family, Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm, Juddmonte Farms, Barronstown Stud, the China Horse Club, Al Shaqab, and Qatar Bloodstock. "There's no doubt American Pharoah is an international commodity, and his exploits on the track last year resonated with breeders all over the world," said Coolmore's Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan. "He's received support from some of the biggest breeders internationally and we've also supported him with many of our best mares, a number of which were brought over from Ireland specifically to be bred to him." Among the star mares to visit American Pharoah were:

  • Ivanavinalot, dam of champion US filly Songbird;
  • Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Maybe;
  • Cherry Hinton (dam of Irish Oaks winner Bracelet); 
  • 1,000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters;
  • Along, a granddaughter of Urban Sea by Smart Strike;
  • Untouched Talent, a Storm Cat mare purchased for $5 million who is the dam of young US sire Bodemeister; 
  • Charming, dam of US champion Take Charge Brandi;
  • US broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady, dam of champion Will Take Charge and Gr1 winner Take Charge Indy;
  • Oaks and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Imagine, dam of Gr1 winner Horatio Nelson; and
  • Storm Dixie, dam of Kentucky Oaks winner Princess Of Sylmar.
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