Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup winner American Pharoah's stud fee has been set at $200,000 per live foal, meaning the 3-year-old colt could be worth up to $40 million during his first year away from the race track, per ESPN.com's Darren Rovell.
Rovell shared the full list of stud fees from Ashford Stud, Coolmore America, the company that bought an undisclosed percentage of the Grand Slam winner:
The fee of $200,000 is huge for a first-year stud. Per Nicole Russo of Daily Racing Form, the fee immediately places him among the most expensive stallions in North America, although he's still some ways behind Tapit, which has been the country's leading sire for some time now.
Success on the track doesn't always translate to breeding success, but after a sensational career that saw him win nine out of 11 races entered, American Pharoah was always expected to be among the most desirable colts for the upcoming year.
He became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and the first-ever horse to win the Grand Slam, adding the Breeders' Cup to his resume in October.
Along the way, American Pharoah became one of the most popular thoroughbreds in recent history, and even legendary trainer Bob Baffert got emotional after his final win, per ESPN:
Baffert spoke of Secretariat, perhaps the most famous and most beloved thoroughbred of all time, but the legendary Triple Crown winner never had much success in the breeding shed, per Rovell.
American Pharoah's sire, Pioneerof the Nile, was never an accomplished racing horse himself, and neither was Tapit. Breeding is an inexact science, and for all of American Pharoah's brilliance on the track, his pedigree isn't that impressive.
He should be busy in the coming years, however, producing offspring who will hopefully live up to the gaudy expectations and justify―or even increase―his huge stud fee.