TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ONE MILE OVER MAIN TRACK, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER GALLOPS STRONGLY IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, who walked Bob Baffert’s shedrow yesterday, came on Santa Anita’s main track at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday and jogged off the “wrong way” one mile before decelerating to a walk and a return to the Baffert barn with American Racing’s most recognizable human in-tow.

With trainer Richard Mandella looking on, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder graced the main track at 5:50 a.m., proceeding directly to the seven furlong pole where she commenced a strong mile and a quarter-plus gallop.

After backtracking to the finish line, she headed through Santa Anita’s Grandstand tunnel and a schooling engagement in the track’s saddling paddock. With Mandella at her head, the superstar mare stood quietly in one of the stalls prior to being led to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring for a couple turns and a return to Mandella’s Barn 4 as she continues to prepare for a run at a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

 

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