American Pharoah Not Done Yet

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in 12th Ever Triple Crown Winner, American Pharoah | Posted on 22-06-2015

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, his owner Ahmed Zayat, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockey Victor Espinoza are still basking in the glory of becoming only the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown and the first since 1978.

The biggest question since winning the Triple Crown for owner Ahmed Zayat is what is next for the colt. He stated that his horse will race again but when and where will be up to trainer Bob Baffert. He also went on to say that the horse will race at least three more times before he retires. The finale will most likely be the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Once in retirement, Purina‘s Beneful division noted that the colt will be sent to the breeding farm at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.

Another race that you might be able to see American Pharoah at is the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park in New Jersey on Aug. 2. This is one of Baffert’s favorite racetracks and has won here several times. Another option is the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga in New York is Aug. 1 though no comittments have been made by either Baffert or Zayat. Zayat stated that he will not make any promises but all of those tracks are a possibility.

American Pharoah the True Celebrity

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in American Pharoah | Posted on 19-06-2015

American Pharoah returned to California on Thursday and was greeted by many admirers, one of which was actress Julie Roberts. American Pharoah is the first racehorse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed did 37 years ago it in 1978. The colt was flown from Kentucky to California and received a police escort from the airport to Santa Anita race track. The Arcadia Police Department offered up their services with police cars and even helicopters. Trainer Bob Baffert welcomed stated that it was great to have him back in his barn in Santa Anita.

To his surprise, things have not settled down yet for anyone involved. He stated that he figured it would be similar to winning the Kentucky Derby but explained that it is not even close. June 27 at Santa Anita on the track’s Gold Cup day, American Pharoah will make an appearance but will not be racing. One possible race would be in Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Other racetracks have been beating down Zayat’s door to try and get him to bring Pharoah to their tracks. Zayat said that nothing is set in stone at this point.

A Parade Lap for American Pharoah

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in American Pharoah | Posted on 15-06-2015

The demeanor and calmness of American Pharaoh is not typically of a racehorse, especially one that just did something that no other horse has been able to do since 1978, and that is to win the Triple Crown. Most racehorses are extremely aggressive and high strung. American Pharoah however, is not your typical racehorse. His trainer has described him as a very calm and sweet horse. American Pharoah took his parade lap in Saturday in Louisville Kentucky and just like his trainer describer, he was exactly like that. He trotted around the course cool and collected but that cannot be said for his owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert. Keith Mann suggests that the two did not hold back their emotions on Saturday night at the celebration according to Twitter.

30,000 people came out to the parade to support American Pharaoh, Zayat, and Baffert on Saturday. Zayat stated that he has been on cloud nine since the Derby. Zayat , Baffert, and jockey Victor Espinoza all received trophies for the win American Pharoah got at the Derby, but all three stated that the day was all about the horse and not them.   The horse got a steady cheer from the crowd the entire time, even when he made his way back to the barn.