Danon Pharaoh (3 c ex Crisp by El Corredor) handed Coolmore shuttler American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) with his eighth stakes winner on Wednesday when he landed the Japan Dirt Derby (Listed, 2000m) (Local Gr 1) Tokyo City Keiba.
Last seen finishing 14th in the Hosu Stakes (Listed, 1800m), the colt clearly appreciated the step up trip, beating Daimei Corrida (Eskenderey) into second, while Kitano Octopus (Fenomeno) finished third.
The colt was purchased by Danox Co for ¥180,000,000 at the 2018 JRA Select Yearling and Foal Sale and he is out of Santa Anita Oaks (Gr 1, 8.5f) winner Crisp (El Corredor), who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for US$350,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Sale in 2016 carrying Danon Pharaoh in utero.
Crisp herself is a half-sister to Listed winner Deer Valley (Speightstown), while further back this is the family of Grade 1 winner Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley) and Grade 2 scorer Spellbinder (Tale Of The Cat).
American Pharoah's progeny is headed by Grade 2 winner Sweet Melania and Four Wheel Drive and he will stand at Coolmore's Jerrys Plains base for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST) in 2020.