The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale is notable for many things, including some of the most elite offerings of broodmares and broodmare prospects, with this year’s auction highlighted by champions Songbird ($9.5 million to Whisper Hill Farm (Mandy Pope)), Tepin ($8 million, MV Magnier (Coolmore)), Finest City ($1.5 million, Katsumi Yoshida), among other notable racers or producers. But one aspect that may drive just as many lookers to the sale is the first group of foals up for auction by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The 5-year-old son of the Empire Maker stallion Pioneerof the Nile was champion of his crop at both 2 and 3, Horse of the Year in the latter when he also defeated older horses in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and earned more than $8.6 million. A winner in eight G1 races, American Pharoah would have been a strong favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile of 2014 but was kept out of the race due to a sore foot. But the colt’s impressive victories in the G1 Del Mar Futurity and Frontrunner Stakes at Santa Anita propelled him to a divisional championship.
They also essentially sealed the fate of his racing future because Coolmore bought the breeding rights to the colt toward the end of his juvenile season, as the international breeding giant has endeavored to do with U.S. champion juvenile colts for most of the last decade.
Coolmore got it right, and the slashing bay came back strong the following year with a half-dozen G1 victories, the only loss coming to Keen Ice in the 2015 Travers. Retired amid great acclaim, American Pharoah went to stud in 2016 and covered a large book of premium mares at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.
From the champion’s initial book of 208 mares, 178 were reported in foal to The Jockey Club, and there are 163 live foals reported from American Pharoah’s first crop. Of those, six are consigned to the Fasig-Tipton November sale, which lists 74 weanlings among its one-day offerings on Nov. 6.
The American Pharoah weanlings place their sire in a tie for the most offered at this sale. Of the group consigned, two are colts, and four are fillies. At the subsequent Keeneland November sale, there are another 21 weanlings from American Pharoah’s first crop.
At Fasig-Tipton, there’s the one everyone will want a look at.
Hip 46 is a bay filly by the Triple Crown winner out of G3 stakes winner Untouched Talent (Storm Cat), and this filly a half-sister to a pair of high-class runners, including G1 winner Bodemeister, who also ran second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Bodemeister is the “other” son of Empire Maker and, like Pioneerof the Nile, ran second in the Kentucky Derby.
The two sons of Empire Maker share a unique distinction because no other active stallion has two sons who have sired Kentucky Derby winners. Pioneerof the Nile sired his Kentucky Derby winner, American Pharoah, two years ago in his second crop, Bodemeister sired 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming in his first crop.
So, the combination of two G1 siblings with the Empire Maker male line will put Hip 46 on every serious looker’s list. (Hip 46 sold for $1 million to Narvick International.)