The post-position draw is Tuesday night. If American Pharoah starts, the Travers purse increases by $350,000 to $1.6 million.
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.
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.
American Pharoah has taken a final gallop around Belmont Park before he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
“Everything that I see, the way he’s trained, it looks like he still has it in the tank,” Baffert told Francesa.
American Pharoah picked up the training tempo Thursday morning as he prepares for the Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner let morning showers roll right off him at Churchill Downs in his final workout before his shot at the Triple Crown.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next week, trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners.
Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with American Pharoah’s first serious workout as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978.