OwnerKretz Racing LLC
American Theorem is from the first crop sired by American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner. Rustin Kretz purchased the gray colt for $200,000.
“I was a big American Pharoah fan,” Kretz told Thoroughbred Daily News. “I think getting a colt by him that’s like this one was a steal.”
The Kentucky-bred was the 2-1 favorite for his first race, a maiden special weight at Del Mar on Aug. 31. He won by 1 ½ lengths.
“It’s a great feeling,” trainer George Papaprodromou said of the win. “Every year with Mr. Kretz we’ve been buying babies and trying to come up with a good one. I have a small barn and it’s not easy when you run against those other guys with the million dollar horses.”
After he broke his maiden, Papaprodromou said multiple people wanted to buy into the colt. Kretz was not interested in any of the offers.
“My dream isn’t to flip the horse, it’s to go to the Kentucky Derby,” Kretz said. “That’s how I got passionate about racing, going to the Derby for the first time as a fan in 2010. After that experience, all I wanted was to have a horse of my own in the race.”
Next, American Theorem competed in a race named after his father, the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Pharoah won this race in 2014 when it was called the FrontRunner Stakes. In the 2019 edition, American Theorem was second throughout.
Jockey Tiago Pereira said, “I hoped to win, obviously, but I think it was a great race. I followed a horse that was great as well. I am happy, second place is good, and I continue confident for the next race. I think I have a great horse. It will win many big races.”
“He’s a classy guy. He’s super calm and he let’s you hug on him,” Kretz said. “I understand that personality-wise American Pharoah was the exact same way.”
Papaprodromou’s father, Andreas, was also a trainer. George took over his stable in 2003. Since then, he has saddled four Breeders’ Cup participants.