American Pharaoh The Modern American Dream

American Pharaoh 

Is quite an extraordinary race horse born on the 2nd February 2012 he was raced 11 times winning 9 and placing 2nd once, his parents are listed below.

Sire Pioneer of the Nile
Dam Littleprincessemma


Trained by Bob Baffert and owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat . American Pharaoh finished 5th on debut and what happened next is what makes him a remarkable thoroughbred.

He won his next races in very convincing fashion by several lengths, against some decent horse’s including Calculator, Texas Red and Madefromlucky. He could have won the Breeders Cup Juvenile if injury hadn’t spoiled his chance.His Major Wins are listed below.

Major wins
Del Mar Futurity (2014)
Front Runner Stakes (2014)
Rebel Stakes (2015)
Arkansas Derby (2015)
Haskell Invitational (2015)
Breeders’ Cup Classic (2015)

It wasn’t until 2015 that we saw how remarkable American Pharaoh was .

American Pharoah began his 2015 campaign with wins in the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby and went on to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby and 2015 Preakness Stakes.

He won the Triple Crown in a post to post victory at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, becoming the first American Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
In doing so becomes only the 12th in history to achieve this . His winning time was the second-fastest for a Triple Crown winner, and his closing quarter-mile time of 24.32 was faster than Secretariat’s.
He was next shipped to Monmouth Park and easily won the Haskell Invitational on August 2, prompting Baffert to say, “He just keeps doing it; he’s a great horse” We felt that he had brilliance in him,” said Zayat of American Pharaoh, “his demeanour, his aura, his conformation, the way he moved. ~
Three weeks later, he finished a close second in a hard-fought Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on August 29, 2015,bringing an end to a winning streak of eight races.
After a layoff of eight weeks, he was shipped to Keeneland for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup and ran in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he challenged older horses for the first time and won by 6 1lengths, breaking the track record.

American Pharaoh was decorated several times most notable are listed below along with his group race wins.

American Pharoah, the 2015 Horse Of The Year & 2014 Eclipse Champion Juvenile.

Winner of 9 races and almost $9,000,000 including the Breeders Cup Classic-Gr.1
Kentucky Derby-Gr.1
Preakness Stakes.-Gr.1
Belmont Stakes.-Gr.1
Haskell Invitational-Gr.1
Arkansas Derby-Gr.1
Del Mar Futurity-Gr.1
FrontRunner Stakes.-Gr.1 

By mutual consent at an earlier meeting between Zayat and Ashford, American Pharoah was retired to stud at the conclusion of his 2015 racing year. He now resides for stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky part of the Coolmore America operation.
I have read articles saying that horse racing in America will suffer as a result of American Pharaoh being retired, I beg to differ I say this is the birth of a new chapter as his offspring will cement the bloodline with a new generation of superstars.

Written by Charlie Mcgreevy