Triple Crown champion and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, American Pharoah, has arrived at his new location where he will begin his stallion career beginning in 2016. Pharoah has joined the roster of stallions at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, located in the heart of Thoroughbred country, Versailles, Ky. American Pharoah’s stud fee was initially announced by sports writer Darren Rovell on Nov. 5 and has since been confirmed via Coolmore’s official announcement of the 2016 Ashford stallion roster.
Breeding rights for American Pharoah were sold by Zayat Stables to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud and publicly announced after the colt’s Kentucky Derby win. No price has ever been announced for this deal but a number just below $10-million plus bonuses have been “thrown around.” Those bonuses would apply with victories such as the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup and important Grade 1 races.
The first-year breeding fee for American Pharoah has been set at $200,000 live foal and he will stand his first season at Ashford Stud. Pharoah’s fee is the highest for a freshman stallion since Ghostzapper in 2006. Previously, Fasaichi Pegasus charged $150,000 stud fee in 2001 and he is way down to $7,500 for the upcoming season. The ever popular and proven stallion Tapit, standing at Gainesway, is commanding a $300,000 breeding fee in 2016.
Pioneer of the Nile will be booking mares during the coming 2016 season for $125,000 at WinStar Farm, a fee that is more than double his 2015 advertised $60,000 fee. His sire, Empire Maker, will return from Japan where he has been since 2011, standing for a $100,000 stud fee at Gainesway Farm.
American Pharoah is the 3-year-old son of Pioneer of the Nile by Empire Maker. He started in eleven races and was victorious in nine and second in one [Gr 1 Travers]. He brought home the big prize of the 2015 Triple Crown which had not been won in 37 years. Pharoah wrapped up his racing career by making an impressive run in the [Grade 1] Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Race Course on Oct. 31. He retires with fourth all-time high earnings, for a North American-trained racehorse, of $8,650,300.
Altogether, Ashford Stud is standing 13 stallions during 2016. The stallions and their respective fees [2015 fees], on a live-foal-stands-nurses basis, are:
American Pharoah – $200,000 [new]
Competitive Edge – $12,500 [new]
Declaration of War – $40,000 [$40,000]
Fusaichi Pegasus – $7,500 [$7,500]
Lookin At Lucky – $20,000 [$25,000]
Magician – $10,000 [$10,000]
Munnings – $25,000 [$12,500]
Scat Daddy – $100,000 [$35,000]
Shanghai Bobby – $15,000 [$15,000]
Stay Thirsty – $10,000 [$10,000]
Tale of the Cat – $30,000 [$30,000]
Uncle Mo – $75,000 [$25,000]
Verrazano – $20,000 [$22,500]