On April 13th horse racing fans were about to witness history.
For the first time in thirty-eight years, a foal of a triple crown winner, was about to make his debut.
Fans, especially those of the horse’s sire, American Pharoah held a collected breath.
Some out of excitement, some out of nervousness, because American Pharoah never set a hoof on the turf, except perhaps for hand grazing, or roaming the pastures.
Then came Monarch of Egypt. A son out of Up (IRE), who had been sold to Coolmore Ireland, and in Ireland, turf racing is dominant.
All the worry was for not, as he won with ease.
Though Monarch of Egypt was the first offspring of American Pharoah to race, his victory couldn’t help but tickle the question.
Was it a fluke, or could American Pharoah be successful as a turf sire?
The answer seemed to come only two months later, with Maven’s win in the Prix du Bois, a grade 3 turf race, in France.
Since, twelve out of twenty winners of American Pharoah have been on the turf, with several winning multiple times.
The Breeders’ Cup would continue to show this. With undefeated Four Wheel Drive winning the Juvenile Turf Sprint with ease, and Another Miracle coming in third after encountering traffic, followed two hours later by Sweet Melania taking third in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Granted, the winners mentioned above are only a handful of the fifty-two runners he’s had, but the year isn’t over.
With the way this is trending, it is no longer difficult to imagine how Pharoah himself would have done if he had ever raced on the turf.