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Amateur Equestrians Retraining American Pharoah’s First Colt

The first-born colt of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, First Pharoah, didn’t show his sire’s desire for speed in race training, so his owners decided to geld the colt and find him a quality home as he pursued a second career. Enter Brooke Schafer and Tay Wienold, two amateur equestrians who team up as B […]

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Dam Of First Pharoah Finds Success In Show Ring

As the dam of First Pharoah, the first foal of American Pharoah, Kakadu’s place in esteemed breeding company would seem secure even though her racing career was less than stellar, having finished ninth in her only start. Her colt, First Pharoah, hasn’t yet started. However, reproductive issues have kept her from subsequent breedings. In an […]

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Protonico’s First Foal A Colt Born At Sumaya Farm

Darby Dan Farm’s Protonico, the four-time Graded stakes-winning son of Giant’s Causeway, sired his first reported foal on Jan. 23rd when a colt was born at Sumaya Farm in Paris, KY. Bred by Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holdings Inc., the bay colt is out of the Empire Maker mare Bonnie’s Empire, who hails from the immediate […]

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$625,000 Half Brother To Copper Bullet From Verrazano’s First Crop Tops Keeneland Session

The market continued to show strength during Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, headlined by the sale of a half-brother to recent Saratoga Special (G2) winner Copper Bullet for $625,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Sunday’s session-topper, consigned by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, is from the first crop of Verrazano. Out of […]

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American Pharoah’s First Foal Christened ‘First Pharoah’

Oussama Aboughazale, a native of Jerusalem, is the owner of the much-celebrated first foal born in the stallion career of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Born three weeks premature on Jan. 3, the colt is the first foal out of Kakadu (Tizway), a half-sister to Protonico and Chilean Horse of the Year Wild Spirit, and, […]

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Pletcher: Malagacy’s ‘Lazy Side’ May Help Him Handle Arkansas Derby Distance

Malagacy hasn’t always been seen as a contender for the Kentucky Derby, though he’ll likely be one of the favorites in this Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. In fact, the first time trainer Todd Pletcher entered the son of Shackleford was in a $75,000 maiden claiming race. “Part of the reason why we […]

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