American Pharoah first U.S. starters will debut on Wednesday, at Aqueduct. The entered foal is Lady Delaware, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny, and Tesorina, whose dam is Grade 1 winner Nonsuch Bay.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is off to a perfect start with his highly anticipated first crop, as the young stallion’s first starter, Monarch of Egypt, became his first winner Saturday at Naas in Ireland.
Monarch of Egypt easily won the five-furlong maiden race under Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O’Brien, kicking clear in the stretch and staying on by open lengths despite greenly changing leads in the stretch and drifting in slightly once clear.
Monarch of Egypt is out of the multiple group stakes-winning Galileo mare Up, the runner-up in the 2012 French 1000 Guineas and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Dutch Art. Up was a $2.2 million purchase by RanJan Racing, the breeder of this colt, at the 2015 Keeneland January sale of horses of all ages. Monarch of Egypt was purchased for $750,000 last year at the Keeneland September yearling sale by Peter Brant and the international Coolmore group, which stands American Pharoah.
American Pharoah’s first-crop 2-year-olds were conceived on an advertised stud fee of $200,000 at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. He covered 208 mares that season, according to The Jockey Club’s Report of Mares Bred; of those, 55 were Grade 1/Group 1 winners or the dams of winners at that level.