SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will run next in the Travers Stakes at a sold-out Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
Following the colt’s Sunday morning workout at Del Mar in California, American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat says “Saratoga he we come!”
Along with trainer Bob Baffert, Zayat watched American Pharoah work seven furlongs in 1:23.20 in front of about 2,000 fans.
Zayat tells The Associated Press his horse “looks brilliant” and he’s “healthy and happy” and will be on a plane for Saratoga on Wednesday.
American Pharoah would only the fourth of 12 Triple Crown winners to run in the Travers, a race also known as the “Mid-Summer Derby.” The only one to win was Whirlaway in 1941.
Saratoga attendance was capped at 50,000, and all seats are sold. Also, the Travers purse increases by $350,000 to $1.6 million if American Pharoah starts.
The post-position draw is Tuesday night.
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