Congratulations are in order for racehorse American Pharoah!
With the help of a lucky Kentucky mare, the Triple Crown winner welcomed his first offspring—a boy—just after midnight on Jan. 3. And, because it’s 2017, the proud dad announced the exciting news on Facebook, writing (in spirit) “I'M A DAD! My first foal arrived this morning!” on his official page alongside a photo of the yet-to-be-named youngster and his mom Kakadu:
The leggy bay colt was born at Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky., to owner Fred Seitz Jr. The little one is believed to be the first sired by American Pharoah, whose champion oats were shared with more than 100 mares since his retirement last year.
“It’s very exciting,” Seitz, who paid $200,000 for the racing legend’s offspring, told Bloodhorse.com on Tuesday. “For a first foal, he’s a very nice, very attractive type. Personality wise, I think he seems like he’s going to take after his dad with that mellow-type personality. Most babies are kind of skittish and want to run around behind their mother but he’s not that type. You walk in the stall and he comes right up to you and starts chewing on your hand. He seems to be real bold and have that fun personality... He’s what you look for if you’re breeding Thoroughbreds, I think.”
Congrats to all! We hope the little guy follows in his dad’s very fast footsteps.