American Pharaoh, the 2015 Triple Crown Winner is living on a beautiful Farm, down by Lexington, KY. We were very lucky to get two of the 20 tickets offered Daily to visit the farm and horse, up close and pretty personal. He is now living on Coolmore America Ashford Farm. In a very secured stall, bigger than usual stalls, three feet of fresh straw all the time, air conditioning, lots of oats, and plenty of friends (7 other studs, including Uncle Mo, & Giants Causeway).
As we walked to the limestone horse barn with beautiful wood work inside, it struck me that my footing was very padded. All the walk ways are made of recycled tire bricks to protect the horses feet. Stud Horses do not wear shoes, they will never have a rider on their back again for any reason, they will live out their lives in serenity, blue grass fields and loving care from Irish Staff. Each horse has the same group attend to them 24/7.
In the case of American Pharaoh, he is working very hard, he studs 3-4 times a day, 7 AM , Noon, 4PM and sometimes 10 PM if he is ready. Between, he eats, relaxes, hits the fields with a horse buddy. At 200K a session, not paid until a foal is born 11 months later, it is good to keep everything calm and right for both the horse and the mare. Any sign of siring success starts to show about two years after that, when the young runs, train, and begins their careers. It will be interesting to follow the foals of American Pharaoh.