A tour of Ashford Stud farm, where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah keeps busy with a full breeding schedule.
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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is still making history after a record sale at Keeneland on Wednesday.

A filly sired by the 2015 Triple Crown winner sold for $8.2 million to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm during the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

It’s the highest-priced filly ever sold at Keeneland’s September Sale and the highest there for any sale since 2006, when it took $11.2 million to purchase the Kingmambo colt Meydan City. 

“She’s just been special from the time she hit the ground,” said Fred Mitchell, owner of the filly, Leslie’s Lady. “She was born with muscle, she was correct when she was born and she just has such a mind on her, it’s unreal.

“When I watch her compared to Beholder and Mendelssohn growing up, it looked like she had Beholder’s sprinting speed in her because when the other fillies came to her out in the field and were running, she was like ‘I’ll see ya’ and had another gear. She’s just been special since Day One.”

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The $8.2 million filly is a half-sister to champion Beholder, Breeders’ Cup winner Mendelssohn and Grade 1 winner Into Mischief.

Another American Pharoah offspring, this one a colt, sold to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $1.3 million on Wednesday. 

Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, the colt is out of the Smart Strike mare Escampette.


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