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American Pharoah | Sarah Andrew

By Christie DeBernardis

THE COACH UNVEILS PRICEY PHAROAH COLT

2nd-CD, $95K, Msw, 2yo, 5f, 1:14p.m.

Wayne Lukas saddles Beth and Michael Harper’s $475,000 KEESEP buy PHAROAH CAT (American Pharoah) for his first trip to the post Sunday at Churchill Downs. The dark bay’s unraced dam Meerkat Miss (Giant’s Causeway) is a half-sister to European champion Hold That Tiger (Storm Cat), MGISW millionaire Editor’s Note (Forty Niner) and SW Catnip (Flying Paster), who produced MGSW & GISP Indescribable (Pleasant Tap) and GSW Micromanage (Medaglia d’Oro). This is also the family of Lukas-trained champion Family Style (State Dinner) and GISW sire Hennessy (Storm Cat).

Ian Wilkes sends out another well-bred first timer in Ghostlore (Ghostzapper). Out of SW Ornate (Gilded Time), the bay is a half to MGISW millionaire On Fire Baby (Smoke Glacken), GSW High Heels (E Dubai) and SW & GSP French Kiss (Hussonet).

Buttered Noodles, a member of the last crop of City ZIp, makes his debut in this test as well. The $100,000 OBSMAR buy is out of a half-sister to GI Florida Derby hero and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Materiality (Afleet Alex) and GSW & MGISP My Miss Sophia (Unbridled’s Song), who was second to only champion Lady Eli (Divine Park) when selling for $4 million at last year’s Keeneland November carrying a foal by War Front. This is also the family of GISW Embellish the Lace (Super Saver) and MGSW Eye of the Tiger (American Chance). TJCIS PPs

SHIRREFFS HOPING FOR ANOTHER ‘HOLLYWOOD STORY’

10th-SA, $65K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 1mT, 8:30p.m.

John Shireffs trained Hollywood Story (Wild Rush) to a pair of Grade I victories and over $1.1 million in earnings and Saturday he saddles her daughter HOLLYWOOD GIRL (Giant’s Causeway) in her debut at Santa Anita. C R K Stable went to $875,000 at Keeneland September to acquire the dark bay miss, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Miss Hollywood (Malibu Moon) and MGSP Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon). TJCIS PPs

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