Breeding news is usually about sale prices and major acquisitions, but this one is a bit special. American Pharoah is already the most expensive stallion in the United States for good reason, and his progeny are beginning to emerge. the latest is a filly out of 2016 Broodmare of the Year Leslie’s Lady.
This is the second crop for American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner. The filly was born on Wednesday, April 25th at 10:30pm in the evening. She was born on Clarkland Farm.
“She’s a very nice filly, especially for being out of an older mare,” said Fred Mitchell of Clarkland Farm. “We’re very pleased with her.”
Leslie’s Lady has given birth to a handful of impactful horses. The most well known is Beholder, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff champion and overall living legend. The now 22-year-old mare is also the mother of leading sire Into Mischief.
More recently, Leslie’s Lady produced a colt that was purchased for a staggering $3 million. That colt is none other than current 2018 Kentucky Derby top choice Mendelssohn, who won the 2018 UAE derby and is perhaps the trickiest horse to play in the upcoming derby.
Despite the ongoing success for Leslie’s Lady, Mitchell and the team at Clarkland Farm know that she is reaching the end of what she’s capable of. She also produced a Medaglia d’Oro colt recently as well. “It’s too early to tell,” Mitchell said. “She’s in phenomenal shape. She looks as good now as she’s ever looked in her life. We’ll palpate her around eight or nine days, and if she’s toned up good, we might consider breeding her, if she stays in good shape. It’s all up to her.”
Bred by David E. Hager II, Leslie’s Lady was originally purchased for just $100,000 and has gone on to become one of the more important broodmares in the country. She has already been recognized for her contributions to the sport in 2016, but Mendelssohn could prove to raise her profile even higher.