December 1, 2023

American Pharoah juveniles: Finally the One among slew of recently named

American Pharoah has second-crop yearlings on offer (Photo courtesy of Coolmore America via Twitter)

While the biggest American Pharoah news focused upon his first winner, Monarch of Egypt at Naas, and his ensuing winner at Aqueduct, Maven, more of his juveniles have been named (or renamed) since our last list.

Before digging into the new names, other housekeeping on his first crop. The Wesley Ward-trained Tesorina placed third in her April 17 unveiling at Aqueduct, and stablemate Lady Delaware finished sixth in her career debut on the May 2 “Thurby” card at Churchill Downs. Sweet Melania was third for Todd Pletcher on the same day at Belmont Park, and her details are below since she was unnamed at the time of our previous report. South Saqqara was under consideration to make a Monday appearance at the Curragh, but Aidan O’Brien took him out at the final declaration stage.

The colt first called Good Fortune is renamed Pharoah King, and the filly hitherto named Album is now the clever Mia Pharoah. Each was profiled in the first American Pharoah names story.

Here are the recently named, along with pedigree and sales information (and birthdays in parentheses):

A SHIN AMEN RA: Chestnut colt (foaled April 16) was exported to Japan. Second registered foal from stakes winner I O Ireland by Giant’s Causeway, herself a half-sister to Grade 3 scorers Ioya Bigtime and Amazing Results, from the immediate family of Grade 2-winning millionaire Mystery Giver. Sold to K.K. Eishindo for $325,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.

ANOTHER MIRACLE: Bay colt (February 12) out of Canadian stakes winner Retraceable, a Medaglia d’Oro mare who is a half to the dam of Canadian Grade 2 victor Passion for Action. This is the same female line as Grade 2 winner Payton d’Oro. Purchased by D.J. Stable for $210,000 at Keeneland September.

BERNADETTE THE JET: Chestnut filly (May 9) is a three-quarter sister to Social Inclusion, the Gulfstream Park track record-setter who was third in the 2014 Preakness (G1) and Wood Memorial (G1). Social Inclusion is by American Pharoah’s sire, Pioneerof the Nile, and has the same dam as the juvenile, Grade 2-placed Saint Bernadette by Saint Ballado. $425,000 Keeneland September yearling was an RNA (“reserve not attained”), and thus led out unsold, for $485,000 as a two-year-old in training at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale.

CANTFIGHTDESTINY: Chestnut colt (May 17) out of Gloat by Mr. Greeley. Dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Parading, second dam is a full sister to champion Storm Flag Flying, third dam is multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire My Flag, and fourth dam is unbeaten Hall of Famer and Broodmare of the Year Personal Ensign. $230,000 Keeneland November weanling was sold to Zayat Stables of American Pharoah fame for $310,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October.

CARDIAC KID: Bay colt (April 7) out of the stakes-placed Tale of the Cat mare New Wave. Dam is a full sister to multiple Japanese Grade 2 scorer A Shin Top and a half to multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire General Quarters, from the further family of Irish Group 3 vixen and Group 1-placed Honoria. After RNA’ing for $120,000 at Keeneland September, sold to trainer Ken McPeek for $230,000 at Keeneland’s April two-year-old sale.

COOL RUNNINGS: Bay colt (April 17) out of Grade 2-placed stakes winner P.S.U. Grad. Harlan’s Holiday mare descends from family of Grade 1-winning millionaire Richter Scale and Best Pal, a six-time Grade 1 star and earner of more than $5.6 million. Purchased by Don’t Tell My Wife Stables for $60,000 at Keeneland September.

CORE CONVICTION: Dark bay colt (February 6) is a half-brother to multiple stakes-placed Summer Reading and to Grade 2-placed Heart of Paradise (dam of SAUDI PHAROAH below). Their dam, the winning Speightstown mare Paradise Playgirl, is a half to Grade 3 vixen Megascape from the family of multiple Grade 2 heroine and near-millionaire Top Secret. Sold to Aldrich Hall Bloodstock for $435,000 at Keeneland September.

EXPRESS PHAROAH: Bay colt (January 24) is the first registered foal from Grade 1-placed stakes winner Sea Queen, runner-up in the 2014 Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1). Dam is a Lemon Drop Kid half-sister to Grade 1 victress Nereid, who is herself responsible for Grade 3-placed stakes winner Figarella’s Queen. $90,000 Keeneland September yearling RNA’d for $100,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Gulfstream Sale.

FINALLY THE ONE: Bay colt (April 16) is a half-brother to world-class sprinter and $3.6 million-earner Secret Circle, a two-time Breeders’ Cup hero (in the 2011 Juvenile Sprint and 2013 Sprint [G1]) as well as the Golden Shaheen (G1) winner on 2015 Dubai World Cup night. Their dam is the multiple stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare Ragtime Hope. Zayat Stables named the $800,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase after NYRA track announcer Larry Collmus’s call of American Pharoah winning the Belmont (G1):

HESITATION BLUES: Bay colt (May 25) is the first registered foal from Grade 2-winning turf sprinter Shrinking Violet, who captured the 2015 Monrovia (G2) and just missed by a nose in her title defense. The Congaree mare traces to a full sister to Hall of Famer Dahlia.

HONG KONG [briefly Kentucky Bluegrass]: Gray colt (February 1) is with O’Brien at Ballydoyle. Half-brother to a past O’Brien star in Irish highweight sprinter Caravaggio, successful in the 2016 Phoenix (G1) and 2017 Commonwealth Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot. Their dam, the stakes-winning Holy Bull mare Mekko Hokte, has also produced Grade 2 victress My Jen. Further down the page, one finds $2.3 million-earner Bien Bien and fellow Grade 1 scorers Spring at Last and Sharp Lisa. $1 million Keeneland January yearling purchase by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier was first named Hong Kong, briefly switched to Kentucky Bluegrass, and renamed again. Popped up in early entries for a maiden at the Curragh May 6, and although not declared, presumably nearing a start.

MENELIK: Bay colt (May 5) is a half-brother to millionaire Wedding Toast, the 2015 Ogden Phipps (G1) and Beldame (G1) winner. They are out of the unraced Coronado’s Quest mare Golden Sheba, herself a half to five-time Grade 1 celebrity and $3.2 million-earner Congaree as well as Grade 1-placed stakes scorer Sangaree. Sold to SF Bloodstock and Starlight West for $550,000 at Keeneland September.

MERNEITH: Bay filly (February 15) is out of the stakes-winning Flattermewithroses by Flatter. Third dam, Grade 2 vixen Fluttery Danseur, produced three stakes performers including Grade 1-placed Hendrix. $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November weanling was a pinhook triumph when commanding $600,000 at OBS March from Narvick, on behalf of Prince Sultan bin Mishal al Saud.

MYSTIC MOMENT: Bay filly (April 9) is the second registered foal from Grade 2 winner Mystical Star, a Kentucky Downs course record-setter who also placed in the 2012 Spinster (G1) and 2013 Flower Bowl (G1). Ghostzapper mare descends from multiple graded winner Degenerate Gal.

NOUDHA: Gray filly (March 22) is the first (and so far only) foal from the stakes-placed Unbridled’s Song mare Aljalela. Dam is a full sister to multiple Grade 2-placed stakes winner Cat Burglar, from the family of ill-fated Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Eight Belles and multiple Grade 3-winning sire Belong to Me. Fifth dam is champion handicap mare Straight Deal.

RAWWANI: Bay filly (March 5) is the second registered foal from multiple New Mexico stakes winner Iplaytricks by Desert God. The $30,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling was exported to Ireland to prepare for the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up in April, where she brought 110,000 guineas ($150,612) from Victoria de Sousa.

SAUDI PHAROAH: Bay colt (March 6) is the first registered foal from Grade 2-placed Heart of Paradise by More Than Ready. Dam is a half to CORE CONVICTION (see above) so the juveniles are three-quarter siblings. RNA for $240,000 at Keeneland September sold for $300,000 at OBS March to Narvick, on behalf of Prince Sultan bin Mishal al Saud.

SCARLETT AGNES: Bay filly (April 10) out of the unraced Tiznow mare Beautiful Julie hails from the further family of 2007 Kentucky Derby champion Street Sense and Derby 145 participant Vekoma. Other maternal relatives include Grade 1 winners Mona de Momma (Vekoma’s dam) and Paradise Woods as well as multiple Grade 3-winning sire Mr. Greeley. RNA’d for $230,000 as a yearling at Keeneland January.

SWEET MELANIA: Chestnut filly (April 11) is out of Grade 3-placed stakes winner Sweet N Discreet by Discreet Cat. Dam is a full sister to Discreet Dancer and a half to Travelin Man, both Grade 2 heroes, from the family of European stars Duke of Marmalade and Ruler of the World. Fifth dam is influential matron Lassie Dear, ancestress of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Lemon Drop Kid. $600,000 Keeneland September purchase by West Bloodstock, agent for Robert and Lawana Low.

TAPITLY: Chestnut filly (April 2) is out of the unraced Pulpit mare Tap of the Day. Dam is a full sister to leading sire Tapit, and another full sibling produced multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Madefromlucky. This is also the family of multiple Grade 1 star and millionaire Rubiano along with champion Summer Bird, hero of the 2009 Belmont and Travers (G1). $280,000 Keeneland September yearling just sold to Tom Durant for $275,000 at OBS April.

TIGER TOUCH: Bay colt (May 17) is the first registered foal from multiple Group 3 winner Osaila, third in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). Danehill Dancer mare is a full sister to Obama Rule and a half to Dawn Wall, Group 3 scorers in Ireland and Australia respectively. Third dam Detroit not only starred in the 1980 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) but also produced an Arc winner in Carnegie (1994). According to France Galop, the Al Shaqab homebred is with trainer Nicolas Clement.

For the earlier named juveniles:

American Pharoah’s first crop turns two: the names so far

American Pharoah’s first crop: Wish Way works bullet; next batch of named two-year-olds

American Pharoah colt Horus Bird entered at Dundalk Friday – plus round-up of his latest named juveniles