First Group I winner for American Pharoah

Tara Madgwick - Sunday October 11

Set to have his first runners in Australia this season, Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (USA) posted his first Group I winner in North America when quality filly Harvey’s Lil Goil won the Group I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup ( 1/8th mile) at Keeneland.

Harvey's Lil Goil wins her first G1 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup - image Coolmore

Trained by Bill Mott for the estate of her breeder Harvey Clarke and co-owner Paul Braverman, Harvey’s Lil Goil was already a Group III and Listed winner going into this race, but went to a new level with this performance.

She stalked the leader and then took over turning for home before holding off all challengers to win by three-quarters of a length.

 


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She has a lot of natural speed,” said winning rider Martin Garcia.

“She’s fast--you can do whatever you want. After the break, I moved outside and she was really comfortable by herself. When it was time to go, I asked and she responded.”

Mott’s assistant Kenny McCarthy added, “We were pretty confident with her. She ran a super race for us at Kentucky Downs in her last out and had trained really well in between. She’s a little superstar. She pretty much goes on any surface for us. At least in my mind, I think the turf probably is a little bit easier for her to handle.”

Harvey’s Lil Goil has the overall record of four wins and two placings from just eight starts earning over $US560,000.

Harvey’s Lil Goil’s is the third winner from Gloria S, a half-sister by Tapit to Champion 3-Year-Old and Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and Grade III winner Golden Award.

 

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American Pharoah is back in Australia this spring at a fee of $55,000.






 

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