GEORGETOWN, KY (WAVE) - It's never been all in the family in the Kentucky Derby. At least not full brothers.
Never have two full brothers both won the Derby. Not even half brothers -- by the same stallion or out of the same mare. But maybe a beautiful little colt at Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown will change that and make American history.
Irish Pharaoh has the same sweet personality as his brother, reigning Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Both have Pioneer of the Nile for a daddy,
and their mom is LittlePrincessEmma. When big brother made racing history last month, Irish Pharaoh's value may have gone up 500 to 1,000 percent. He could very well bring more than $1 million at the yearling sale at Keeneland, all because of his brother's history-making runs in the Triple Crown races.
"I hope he goes on to be half as good as his brother, he'd be a good one," Summer Wind Farm manager Mark Moloney said. "He'd be a good one.
"He looks great. He's a nice horse. No question he's a great walker, has a great move to him. Couldn't ask for anything better at this point."
But at this point, Moloney said he knows it's way too early to tell if Irish Pharaoh has any great racing talent. But he measures as if he'll be more than 16 hands tall -- a big horse, just like his brother.
Ever since American Pharoah won horse racing's first Triple Crown in 37 years, visitors have flocked to see Irish Pharaoh.
"There's been quite a few," Moloney said. "It's been good for racing."
It will be even much better if little brother can win the 2018 Kentucky Derby, making family history. And who knows, maybe win a second Triple Crown for the family. The odds against it are astronomical. But he's already outdone his brother in one regard. The Pharaoh part of his name is spelled correctly -- the "a" before the "o."