American Pharoah offspring strut their stuff in Keeneland September Sale

Sep 10, 2018 Jennifer Caldwell/

The annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale kicks off Monday, and Book 1, which comprises the first four days, is chock full of sons and daughters from American Pharoah.

The bay star became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years when sweeping the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) in 2015. He would go on to become the first, and to date only, Grand Slam conqueror when wrapping up his career with a 6 1/2-length romp in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

American Pharoah retired from racing following that dominating score and took up his second career as an in-demand sire. At Keeneland, from Monday through Thursday, almost 60 yearlings from his first crop will tour the auction ring in Lexington, Kentucky.

Amongst those youngsters are fillies and colts with Kentucky Derby connections besides having American Pharoah as a sire.

Perhaps one of the best connected is Hip No. 115, a colt who will sell on Monday. He is out of Layreebelle and comes from the immediate family of this year’s Triple Crown champion Justify. Layreebelle is a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Magical Illusion, who is the granddam of undefeated Justify.

Also selling on Monday will be Hip 63, an American Pharoah-sired half-sister to popular dual champion Songbird.

On Wednesday, an American Pharoah filly who is out of Arch’s Gal Edith will tour the sale’s ring as Hip 654. That mare is best known as the dam of I’ll Have Another, who captured the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Check out each evening to see how much American Pharoah’s sons and daughters bring at Keeneland September.

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