TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH WILL BE ON TRACK FOR PERHAPS HIS FINAL SANTA ANITA WORKOUT AT 6:30 A.M. SATURDAY; CHAMP EXPECTED TO DEPART SOON FOR KENTUCKY AS HE PREPS FOR $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2015)–American Pharoah, the nation’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, will have what many believe will be his final Southern California workout at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Trainer Bob Baffert, who, due to a wet forecast for Sunday, had been vacillating between working his stable star on either Saturday or Sunday, made the decision to work on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. today.

A gallant second in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29, Santa Anita-based American Pharoah is preparing for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31. Plans are to ship the son of Pioneerof the Nile to Churchill Downs in advance of the Classic.

“I have a plan, but we’ll probably know more tomorrow,” Baffert said Friday morning in response to questions about “Pharoah’s” date of departure for Kentucky.

Although Baffert has not said how far American Pharoah will work, he did breeze a solid five furlongs last Sunday at Santa Anita in one minute flat.

The public is encouraged to visit Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner during training hours (4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) seven days a week. A popular breakfast destination with horsemen and the community at large for many years, Clockers’ Corner is accessible via Gate 8 off Baldwin Ave. on the track’s western perimeter.

Admission to Clockers’ Corner is free of charge and a full breakfast menu is available each day. Additionally, free Seabiscuit Tram Tours of the stable are available each weekend morning at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m.

 

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