ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, who is readying for the final start of his career in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland, went to Santa Anita’s main track following the 6:30 a.m. renovation break this morning under regular exercise rider Georgie Alvarez.
With Bob Baffert looking on, “Pharoah” backtracked to the half mile pole, turned and then executed a strong mile and a half gallop before jogging up the stretch on his way back to Baffert’s Barn 5.
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With a 60 percent chance of thundershowers in the Sunday forecast, Baffert is now considering working American Pharoah either Saturday or Sunday morning, at an as-yet to be determined distance.
Superstar mare Beholder, a winner of her third consecutive Grade I Zenyatta Stakes last Saturday, went to Santa Anita’s training track prior to sunrise at about 5:50 a.m. under the watchful gaze of Richard Mandella. The two-time Eclipse Award winner was riderless as she was “ponied” twice around the oval which measures “about” six furlongs in circumference.
Both American Pharoah and Beholder are preparing for what’s expected to be an epic confrontation in the mile and a quarter Classic just 29 days hence.