Page 8 - May 2019 Thoroughbred Highlight
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Arravale giving birth to colt by American Pharoah featured on
Canada’s 2006 Horse of the Year, Arravale, was one of the featured mares in the inaugural year on
The website followed Canadian Champion Arravale, through a live camera feed in accordance to her daily schedule as she carried and delivered a colt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2018.
Arravale was one of eight mares and a stallion included in season one of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s (located in Saratoga Srings, New York) initiative to provide real-time streams of the mare’s daily life to give viewers
an opportunity to get to know our wonderful thoroughbreds.
Arravale delivered her American Pharoah colt on May 28, 2018, four days past her due date with her live feed audience reaching more than 10,000 visitors spending an average of 32 minutes watching her.
According to the website, Arravale was purchased by Merriebelle Stable at the 2016 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for $490,000, believed to be in foal to Animal Kingdom, from Vakyre Stud, the agent for owner Robert Costigan.
Robert originally purchased Arravale, a Bruce Lunsford Kentucky-bred  lly by Arch - Kalosca (FR), by Kaldoun (FR) out of the 2004 Keeneland Yearling Sale for $190,000.
Arravale began her racing career in 2015 at Woodbine under the guidance of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Trainer MacDonald Benson and was an immediate winner in her  rst start as a two year in Maiden Special Weight company. She won her next start, the G3 Natalma Strakes, and  nished out of the money in the G3 Mazarine to round out her 2 year-old season.
In 2006, on her way to being named Canada’s Horse of the Year and Champion Female Turf Horse, Arravale won the Alywow Stakes at Woodbine; was third in the American Oaks Invitational Stakes at Hollywood Park; won the G1 Del Mar Oaks before returning to Woodbine to  nish second in the G2 Canadian Stakes and win the G1 E.P. Taylor Stakes which would prove to be her last career win.
Retired after her 4th place  nish in the 2008 G2 Nassau Stakes in late May, Arravale was sent to Ireland and was bred to the British sire Pivotal. She was offered at the Tattersalls 2009 December sale where her reserve was not met by the  nal bid of $1,813,833.
Michael Burns Photo
Arravale and her connections after winning the G1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in 2006
Photo from
Arravale and her 2018 American Pharoah colt last year at Chanteclair Farm in Kentucky
Her resulting foal was a 2010 Irish-bred  lly named Nancy O who raced at Woodbine for Robert Costigan and partner Borders Racing Stable Ltd. and was trained by Robert’s daughter Carolyn Costigan.
Showing an aspect of the talent of her mare, Nancy O  nished third in the G2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine and fourth in the G1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park.
Arravale also produced 2013 KY-bred Purple Warrior, 2015 Quality Seeker (who ran in Ireland) and her 2017 unnamed Animal Kingdom  lly.
Arravale is now at Chanteclaire Farm in France where she was bred to Siyouni and according to an update on the foal patrol website from Chelsey Hintze, “....Not sure yet if she will return to the USA to foal, or if she will remain at our farm in Ireland. This will be determined. Continued next page......
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