American Pharoah's brother, St. Patrick's Day, third in return

June 30, 2018 10:35am
American Pharoah's brother, St. Patrick's Day, third in return
Photo: Zoe Metz/Clocker's Corner
St. Patrick's Day, the full brother of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, ran a close third on Saturday in stakes company while making his first start in nearly 10 months.

Last out, on Sept. 2 at Del Mar, the colt broke his maiden in the care of trainer Bob Baffert. This time, he ran for Aidan O'Brien in the Curragh Racecourse's Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes.

The 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt faced five older horses going a mile in Ireland, where he sat fifth of six until reaching the stretch. Jockey Ryan Moore tipped out his mount, who looked as if he may run on by a pair of dueling leaders. But St. Patrick's Day leveled off late.

I'm So Fancy topped Allegio in the listed stakes by a half length. It was another neck to St. Patrick's Day.
A tendon injury sidelined the Coolmore-owned St. Patrick's day before his shift to O'Brien. The new trainer 
sent St. Patrick's Day postward first on June 14, but the colt acted up in the gate and scratched just before the break. He was also considered for a run at Royal Ascot last week but didn't go there, either.

Saturday's run was, of course, just the beginning, and followed a lengthy layoff. Back in March, O'Brien said, "
I'm dreaming at the moment what he could be."


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