Since November, when American Pharoah arrived at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., he spent his days making a right out his stately quarters. That's where he would meet up with people who wanted to see the first Triple Crown winner in 38 years.
But on Friday morning, at around 7 a.m., the horse departed his stable and marched 30 steps to the left. That's where he met the first mate of his breeding career, a mare called Untouched Talent, in the breeding shed.
The date was initially set for Monday, but things were moved up to satisfy the ovulation cycle of the horse, which is owned by Ashford Stud owners Coolmore and is best known as the mother to Bodemeister, who finished second in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.
An Ashford Stud official confirmed that American Pharoah will breed with 175 mares this season at a list price of $200,000. Only one horse, Tapit, has a higher list price in the entire industry. The fee is payable when the horse is born about 11 months later.
Of the 175 mares, 40 will be bred with mares owned by Coolmore, which bought the majority of the horse's breeding rights and at least 12 will have mares provided by Zayat Stables, which has at least 25 percent of the horse's stallion rights and owned all of the horse for its stellar racing career, which also included wins in the Haskell and the Breeder's Cup.
Mares are brought in the day of breeding and leave Ashford before the end of the day. American Pharoah, an Ashford Stud official noted, has the shortest walk of all the farm's stallions to the breeding shed.