What's next for American Pharoah?
06/08/2015 12:36 PM
Now that history has been made and we celebrate a Triple Crown Winner for the first time in 37 years, the question turns to: What is next for American Pharoah?
Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat made comments after the historic Belmont Stakes win that came as a pleasant surprise for horse racing fans.
“I personally have made a promise to my family and to the fans before anyone else: We need to enjoy our stars and race them as long as we possibly could,” Zayat said after the Belmont victory. “Saying that, I’m not a guy who will say things he can’t deliver. His stud fees have been sold. He most probably will retire at the end of this year. Can this change? Possibly. I can’t promise. I don’t make that decision. As long as Bob is telling me he’s healthy and he has it in him, I would like to enjoy him as much as I have him.”
Zayat has control of the immediate racing future of Pharoah. He has sold the breeding rights to Collmore Ashford Stud in Versailles. So any racing done after this year will be a decision he will have to share with Collmore.
As for this season there are a few possibilities that makes sense for AP. There is the the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course on August 1st, or he could opt for the $1 million Haskell Invitational at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park on August 2nd. Another choice could be to travel west to Del Mar for the $1 million Pacific Classic, which is in late August. Of course the Breeders Cup, in Lexington this year, would be a nice way to likely cap off his career.