Keen Ice defeats American Pharoah in Travers; dam bought by Schumer
Keen Ice has locked horns with American Pharoah throughout the season, notably when running third in the Belmont Stakes and second in the Haskell Invitational. On Saturday, the colt was settled closer to the pace than usual by Javier Castellano and was rolling as the field hit the top of the stretch. As American Pharoah started to tire on the front end, Keen Ice was gaining momentum and with a withering stretch run, ran down Zayat Stables’ star to win going away.
A son of Curlin, in whom Schumer and M2 Transport were recently awarded a contract to sell a 20% share, Keen Ice was bred by Glencrest Farm out of Medomak.
He is the first foal out of his dam, an Awesome Again half-sister to the G1-placed Coal Play. In turn, Medomak is out of the Kris S mare Wiscasset, a half-sister to G1 winner Serra Lake.
Medomak was bought on behalf of Saudi Arabian interests. Sadly, she has died since her purchase.