Following the colt’s Sunday morning workout at Del Mar in California, American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat says “Saratoga he we come!”
Bob Baffert, the Triple Crown champion’s trainer, is well aware of Saratoga’s reputation. Three of racing’s biggest upsets have occurred at the “Graveyard of Champions.”
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah worked a half-mile Sunday in Del Mar, California, under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat.
Bob Baffert took a side trip to Saratoga Race Course on Monday before the start of the horse sales down the road.
Park officials are expecting a crowd of more than 60,000 for the Haskell Invitational, which would break a New Jersey record.
Hundreds gathered Friday morning to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah take a brief workout on the track in Monmouth Park.
The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years was back in the Tri-State Area on Thursday.
Sunday’s race will be American Pharoah’s first since he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and became the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years.
American Pharoah will ship to New Jersey on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s $1 million race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.
American Pharoah looked strong and fresh in his first exercise as a Triple Crown champion before meeting a veterinarian who has seen six of his brethren.
The nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack has history on its side, but fans here and elsewhere in the racing world shouldn’t bet the house on the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years racing at Saratoga.
It took 37 years to happen, so forgive Bob Baffert if he needs more than a few days to let it sink in.
A $2 ticket on American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes may be worth a lot more money later than now. Or, people are hanging on to their own little piece of horse racing history.
Such is the problem with individual sports, sans teammates. They all ride on celebrities, no matter how many legs they use.
If American Pharoah races again — as his owner has said he’d like — it could draw a huge crowd to New Jersey’s Haskell Invitational.
WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski takes some incredible photos of Belmont Park.