How lucky are we to get to meet Sportsman of the Year American Pharoah not once, but twice in 2015?! Very lucky, indeed!
Antebellum Turf Times staff was fortunate to meet the Triple Crown winner in June while stabled at Churchill Downs just following his Belmont victory—this meeting included feeding Pharoah a carrot, giving him a few pats and having a special photo op—but the Times also had the chance to visit him again last week at Coolmore at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.
This is Pharoah’s new home, where he will be commanding a $200,000 stud fee once the season kicks off on February 15, 2016. Thus it was “hands off!” the champ this go-round (no feeding of treats or petting allowed, even though we know he loves it from us strangers, he’s a very chill colt), but there were plenty of opportunities for photos of the Grand Slam Hero. We still call him Sportsman of the Year, even if SI won’t!
Photos (click to enlarge): The gates of Ashford Stud; AP looking regal; Close-up of the Champ; AP feeling the 30-degree Bluegrass breeze; AP in his stall; AP’s barn, where several other stallions reside (including Giant’s Causeway, Tale of the Cat and Munnings); the lane where the stallions walk each day; and two barn cats, pals of AP, et. al.
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Editor, Antebellum Turf Times