American Pharoah will command $20-40 million per year making baby American Pharoahs

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American Pharoah Ends Career with Win


After American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in horse racing since 1978, it is time for the 4-year-old to start his second career: making future racehorses. If he is successful, his owners will make millions.

American Pharoah will command a stud fee that will pay the owners of his breeding rights $200,000 per foal. This is the highest amount ever for an unproven, first-year stallion, according to Monte Reel of Bloomberg.

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If successful, American Pharoah will likely be mated to over 100 mares during the 5-month mating season. According to Prior, "particularly energetic" horses can be mated up to 200 times per year.

In other words, if successful, American Pharoah stands to make $20-40 million per year in stud fees for the owners of his breeding rights.

And that is just to start.

If American Pharoah proves to be a successful sire who produces champions, his stud fee will go up. Reel notes that a 15-year-old veteran, Tapit, commands a $300,000 stud fee. A fee that high would push American Pharoah's annual earnings to $30-60 million and that number may be low because Tapit doesn't have the brand appeal outside of racing circles the way American Pharoah does.

Of course, there is no guarantee that American Pharoah will always command high stud fees. Future earnings will depend on the success of his foals. If they prove to be excellent racehorses, the fee will likely rise. However, the opposite can happen also.

Still, even without success, there will still be a premium for the chance to own an offspring of this generation's most recognizable horse.

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American Pharoah gallops past the grandstand with Victor Espinoza up after crossing the finish line to win the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza rides atop American Pharoah #5 during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
American Pharoah, with Victor Espinoza up, rounds the fourth turn at the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 ½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes - one of the sporting world’s rarest feats. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the pack during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the win American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza cross the finish line to win the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Victor Espinoza reacts after crossing the finish line with American Pharoah (5) to win the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Jockey Victor Espinoza parades American Pharoah through the Winner's Circle after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LONGINES - Jennifer Judkins and Juan Carlos Capelli, center, both of Longines, award Jockey Victor Espinoza, left, and Bob Baffert, right, Longines Conquest Classic 18K gold timepieces after Espinoza rode American Pharaoh to win the first Triple Crown in 37 years at the 147th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park Race Track, Saturday, June 6, 2015 in Elmont, N.Y. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Longines/AP Images)
Victor Espinoza reacts to the crowd after guiding American Pharoah to win the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Ahmed Zayat, the owner of American Pharoah, holds up the Triple Crown trophy after he was awarded the August Belmont Trophy, held by his wife Joanne Zayat, left, after American Pharoah won the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Zayat's daughter Emma at right. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of the paddock during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Trainer Bob Baffert shows Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to members of the media at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Sunday, June 7, 2015. American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Members of the media touch and photograph Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Sunday, June 7, 2015. American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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