SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — He’s larger than life.
With a crowd of about 15,000 cheering him all the way, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah went for a glorious gallop around Saratoga Race Course the day before he runs in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes.
The sun was shining and temperatures were in the 60s when American Pharoah walked onto the track Friday with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez aboard at about 8:45 a.m.
Thousands — young and old — lined the fences along pathways from the colt’s backstretch barn to the main track. As he ran past the grandstand, thousands more cheered and raised cellphones to capture the moment. After 1 1/2 miles, American Pharoah was eased up and walked back to his barn for a sponge bath.