American Pharoah retires to a new home
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- American Pharoah is retiring a champion. He won his last race Saturday at Keeneland -- and today, WDRB's Samantha Chatman got to see how the Triple Crown winner will spend the rest of his days.
American Pharoah became a household name, but the time has come for the thoroughbred to end his racing career and start fresh.
He's on the move once again, but this trip in particular will mark a new chapter in his life, finally arriving at his new home. Ashford Stud Farm welcomed the thoroughbred with open arms Monday, eager to transition the horse from world-class racer to successful breeder.
"We're lucky to have him here," said Scott Calder of Coolmore Ashford Stud Farm. "American Pharaoh is the kind of horse that every farm would like to have."
After winning the Breeder's Cup Classic, American Pharoah's stock has gone up even higher.
"We wanted to wait for the breeders cup," Calder said. "Thankfully it was a career high and he went out with a real bang so we had to take that into consideration."
The farm isn't naming a specific price, but we're told American Pharoah's stud fee will be in the six figures.
"Regardless of what those people are trying to do, it will be the creme de la creme of breed mares," Calder said.
Breeder Chris Lesbines admits that's out of his price range, but that didn't stop him from stopping by to see the horse at his new home.
"We're here to see American Pharaoh today," Lesbines said. "We got to see the great horse."
American Pharoah did seem to be adjusting well. He's living the good life really, probably feeling pretty good about life at this stage. And his stable mates are no stranger to the spotlight: horse Giant Causeway is a three-time champion.
It's a much-needed break for the world-class thoroughbred, but before you know it, he'll be starting his new career in breeding.
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