With Triple Crown Winner Aboard, 'Air Horse One' Touches Down In The 518


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has arrived at Saratoga Race Course, walking off a horse van and into his new surroundings for a few days before running in the Travers Stakes.

American Pharoah left California on Wednesday morning. The plane nicknamed “Air Horse One” arrived at the airport in Albany, New York, about 2 p.m.

American Pharoah was met at the barn on the Saratoga backstretch by more than 100 fans, reporters and the mayor of Saratoga. A police escort accompanied the van from Albany to the Spa.

A fan left a dozen roses in a vase on a table in the courtyard by American Pharoah’s barn.

The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years is the 1-5 favorite in a 10-horse field for the Travers on Saturday. He is trained by Bob Baffert.

If American Pharoah starts, the Travers purse increases $350,000 to $1.6 million, with the winner earning $850,000.

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