TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP CONTINUES TO PREP FOR $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half Sunday morning at Santa Anita and trainer Bob Baffert has announced he will have what could be his penultimate local work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 this Tuesday at 7:45 a.m.
America’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, Zayat Stables homebred American Pharoah went the main track this morning at 6:50 a.m. with regular exercise rider Georgie Alvarez up. The Kentucky-bred colt by Pioneerof the Nile backtracked with Alvarez to the three furlong pole, then turned around and proceeded to gallop a time and a half around the oval.
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Although Baffert has maintained a 6:30 a.m. schedule for “Pharoah’s” recent breezes, he has opted for a later work time on Tuesday due to poor early lighting conditions.
“It’s 7:45 from now on,” said Baffert this morning. “It’s too dark at 6:30.”
Providing all goes well, American Pharoah, who will likely face superstar mare Beholder and others in the Classic at Keeneland, could have his final local workout next Sunday or Monday.
Baffert, who has been reticent to commit to a firm schedule, has tentatively circled Oct. 27 as a likely date of departure for American Pharoah, who hasn’t run since finishing second in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29.