It has been widely publicized that Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah will command a stud fee of $200,000 this year, which is his first season at stud. The price is the highest for a first year stallion since 2006, when Horse of the Year Ghostzapper entered stud for $100,000.
According to the Racing Post, many potential breeders interested in sending a mare to American Pharoah, who is standing at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, are being offered a special incentive to breed to the stallion this year – a 'two for one' deal. The Post reports that the farm will allow them to breed a pair of mares to the stallion at the cost of the $200,000 advertised fee.
Several breeders indicated that they would be taking part in the offer, which requires that the second mare must have Graded or Group stakes credentials on her resume. Taylor Made Farm is one of many that are encouraging clients to participate in the deal, and they indicated that they are sending several mares to the stallion.
“We're breeding our very best mares to the horse. We're big believers in him – I absolutely love American Pharoah,” Taylor Made vice president Frank Taylor said. “We raised him [for breeder Ahmed Zayat], and he was always a good horse from the first day I saw him. He had a great physical, a great walk and a great mind. He was just a class horse the whole time.”
Read more in the Racing Post
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