Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: American Pharoah's Breeding Rights Are Sold

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: American Pharoah's Breeding Rights Are Sold

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American Pharoah's breeding rights are sold

The owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah sold the breeding rights to his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to Coolmore Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Owner Ahmed Zayat said Wednesday that he would not disclose the value but before the announcement, Zayat's son Justin said the family had been inundated with offers, many for more than $20 million.

Zayat said if American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes, on June 6, to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, he plans to keep racing the colt through the end of the year. On Jan. 1, 2016, Coolmore takes control, and American Pharoah probably would be retired.

"I will continue to own 100 percent of the colt until he retires," Zayat said. "I will make all of the racing decisions. If he runs in the Belmont, and God willing wins, and we're still fortunate, he will continue to race. This is not an issue whatsoever."

But once the year ends, Coolmore "will be making the decisions, and it's unlikely he will race again," Zayat said. "The values are too insane. It's just not economically feasible to continue."

Mizzou falls, Illinois wins in baseball tourneys * Missouri blew a four-run lead to No. 2 seed Vanderbilt in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, in Hoover, Ala., and lost 7-6. Vanderbilt scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs off Missouri closer Breckin Williams when Penn Murfee singled to center and Jake Ring misplayed the ball, allowing Nolan Rogers to score. After a scoreless top half of the 10th, Williams gave up a game-ending homer to Rhett Wiseman. Mizzou (30-27) dropped to the loser's bracket in the double-elimination format and faces Alabama at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Vanderbilt (40-17) next faces Texas A&M, which defeated Alabama 4-3.

* Pat McInerney broke a tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift top-seeded Illinois by Nebraska 3-2 in the opening round of the Big Ten tourney, in Minneapolis. …

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