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Coolmore Purchase Stud Rights To American Pharoah
Coolmore Stud has won the race to secure the breeding rights to Triple Crown contender American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile-Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentlemen) who will stand at its US base at Ashford Stud in Kentucky when he retires from racing according to owner Ahmed Zayat, reports Racing Post. American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes which comprise the first two legs of the elusive Triple Crown, is likely to be retired from racing at the end of this season, according to Zayat. He tweeted: "Proud to announce that new home of American Pharoah after he retires will be Ashford." American Pharoah will bid to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978, and the 12th of all time, to win the Triple Crown when he lines up in the Belmont Stakes in New York on 6 June. "Whatever happens in the Belmont, American Pharoah is an outstanding sire prospect," said Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan. "He's already a champion two-year-old and has won his first four starts at three by over 30 lengths. It's very exciting to think about how much more he might achieve." It is unclear whether American Pharoah would shuttle to Australia for the southern hemisphere breeding season as is customary for many Coolmore stallions. Zayat told Blood Horse: "Nothing has been discussed about that. But if he wins the Triple Crown, he will be a special horse and I think everyone would come to him." Zayat said that the outstanding 3YO would race on until at least the end of the year. "He is not going to retire (after the Belmont), I can tell you that," Zayat told Kentucky.com. "I am not depriving myself and fans from continuing to see him race. He will race at least until the end of this year. I don't know if he will race at 4 or not, I presume not because I don't think any stud farm would like that. It would be very hard (to race at 4) because of his value."