Coolmore Stud stands Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and campaigned the multiple Group 1 winner Caravaggio. No surprise then, as they went to $1 million to acquire a well-related colt from the first crop of their young champion and a half-brother to the European standout.
"American Pharoah doesn't need any explaining, and Aidan O'Brien always believed Caravaggio to be the best sprinter he ever trained, so when our team considered this colt the best individual in the sale, it was an easy decision for us to make," Coolmore's M.V. Magnier, who is attending the Magic Millions sales in Australia this week, said in a statement distributed to the press.
Magnier added that it will later be discussed where the newly-turned yearling, who is also a half brother to Grade 2 winner My Jen, will be sent for training.
This colt is the second seven-figure lot from American Pharoah's first crop, joining a $1 million filly who tied a record weanling price at Fasig-Tipton November two months ago. He is the third most-expensive yearling colt ever sold at Keeneland January, and the sixth most-expensive yearling ever sold here overall.