SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bob Baffert says American Pharoah “looks great” two days before the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to leave California and arrive at Saratoga Race Course for Saturday’s Travers Stakes.
The trainer spoke Monday from Del Mar Racetrack, where American Pharoah put in a convincing workout a day earlier that proved to Baffert the colt is ready for the 1 ¼-mile Travers.
The Hall of Fame trainer also says American Pharoah “got new shoes today” and called them “his new Nikes.”
On Sunday, 52-year-old owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed American Pharoah would run in the Spa’s showcase race, known as the “Mid-Summer Derby.” The horse travels to the Spa on Wednesday.
The post-position draw is Tuesday night. If American Pharoah starts, the Travers purse increases by $350,000 to $1.6 million.
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