KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A baby horse born on a Chester County farm earlier this month has a lot of people betting on his bright future.
There are about 80 adult Thoroughbreds and their offspring on the nearly 100-acre Walnut Green Farm in Kennett Square.
But there is one colt born on the farm on March 1 that is being talked about in thoroughbred racing circles. His father is Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and he is the first foal in Pennsylvania to be sired by American Pharoah.
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He’s a big boy with a birth weight of 140 pounds.
His mother is High Quail and also boats a star-studded blood line which includes Seattle Slew – the race horse who won the Triple Crown in 1977.
“So far everything physically about him is A, number one. He’s very correct. He’s big for his age. He has all of the earmarks you look for in a racehorse,” said Mark Reid, the owner of the farm.
He doesn’t have a name as that right is reserved for whoever buys him.
Reid says American Pharoah’s babies are getting sold in the $600,000 to $700,000 range, but this colt is being considered very special and will probably sell for 7seven figures.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association says the industry is responsible 20,000 jobs in the commonwealth and brings $1.6 billion to the state’s economy.