Report: Pharoah sibling, Grade 1 winner Chasing Yesterday retired

September 09, 2019 08:44am

Grade 1 winner Chasing Yesterday has reportedly retired after a career that saw the filly win five of seven starts, including Los Alamitos’ Starlet Stakes (G1).

Jane Lyon, who campaigned Chasing Yesterday under the Summer Wind Equine banner, shared the news with journalist Michelle MacDonald as she profiled broodmares of America’s two recent Triple Crown winners in a Sunday story for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

Lyon owns and continues to breed Littleprincessemma, the dam of 2015 champion American Pharoah. Chasing Yesterday is American Pharoah’s 3-year-old half-sister by Tapit who finished third in her final race, the Santa Anita Oaks (G1).

“When she entrapped her epiglottis, I knew she was out of the Kentucky Oaks, which she had qualified for, so I brought her home, and the more I looked at her, the more I realized that she didn’t owe me anything,” Lyon told MacDonald. “She needed to have a chance to be a horse, and she is growing and maturing and filling out and she seems extremely happy.”

Bob Baffert trained Chasing Yesterday, who debuted a winner last summer at Del Mar. After a failed attempt to then immediately ship and compete at a high level in Saratoga’s Spinaway (G1), the filly rattled off four straight stakes wins out west, including the Starlet and Sunland Park Oaks that put her on the radar to run the first Friday in May.

Chasing Yesterday hit the wire 8 3/4 lengths behind Bellafina in the Santa Anita Oaks. Given the result, Baffert pulled her from Kentucky Oaks consideration.

The Hall of Fame trainer often praised her "sweet" disposition, comparing her to the level-headed American Pharoah.

Lyon told MacDonald she’ll look to breed Chasing Yesterday to “a proven stallion” in 2020.

Littleprincessemma went to Lyon while in foal at Fasig-Tipton's November sale back in 2014 for $2.1 million. That hefty price tag, of course, was with American Pharoah a Grade 1 winner, but not a historic Triple Crown drought-ending hero.

Chasing Yesterday is the most successful of progeny produced by the 13-year-old Littleprincessemma since the Triple Crown. MacDonald also reports that Lyon has retained and plans to run a 2-year-old full brother to American Pharoah named Theprinceofthebes and a half-sibling by Tapit who’s a yearling, Triple Tap.

 

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