Next for American Pharoah? The Travers at Saratoga

Triple Crown Fresh off a scintillating win over a seven-horse field in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 before a Monmouth Park-record 60,983 fans, American Pharoah will run in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes in Saratoga, N.Y., this weekend. The 146th running of the signature event at Saratoga Race Course will go off Saturday evening, and… [Read more…]

How Much was Wagered on Haskell day?

 How much was bet on the American Pharoah race?

 

OCEANPORT — It was a record-smashing day at Monmouth Park. Monmouth Park announced a record-attendance total of 60,983 after American Pharoah beat out a seven-horse field to claim the 48th running of the Haskell Invitational on Sunday. The previous single-day attendance record at the 145-year-old racetrack was 53,638, set on Haskell Day on Aug. 3, 2013.… [Read more…]

What’s Next for American Pharoah after convincing Haskell Victory?

 OCEANPORT — Could it be possible that American Pharoah is actually getting better? That was the prevailing belief after the recently stamped Triple Crown winner cruised to a 2-1/4-lengths triumph Sunday in the Haskell Invitational, winning the 1 1/8-mile race in a brisk 1:47.95 despite galloping home under wraps. “It was pretty easy,” said jockey Victor… [Read more…]

Haskell 2015 draws record-setting crowd of 61K to Monmouth Park

 Triple Crown NBCOCEANPORT — A record-setting crowd came out Sunday afternoon for the $1.75 million 2015 William Hill Haskell Invitational.

Officials said that 60,983 were in attendance, making it the largest crowd in the 145-year-old racetrack’s history. The previous single day attendance record, 53,638, was set on Haskell Day on Aug. 3, 2013. In anticipation of Triple Crown-winner… [Read more…]

He Could’ve Won by 31

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returns in style!

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah absolutely toyed with the field in the 2015 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes, a race he could have easily won by the length of the stretch.  He stalked the swift pace of a very legitimate horse, Competitive Edge, and took over under a complete strange-hold by jockey Victor Espinoza.

Triple Crown NBC American Pharoah, a son of WinStar stallion Pioneerof The Nile, is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

American Pharoah Primed for Haskell Stakes

American Pharoah worked a half mile in :48.80 seconds Tuesday morning at Del Mar in the Triple Crown winner’s final serious exercise for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

Del Mar’s clockers timed American Pharoah, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, in splits of :12:60, :25.20 and :37.00 for the first three-eighths and had him galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.00 and 1:14.40 for six.

“He went smooth. He’s ready. We just need a good ship,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.”

American Pharoah ships to New Jersey early Wednesday morning with a scheduled arrival at Atlantic City International Airport at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Owner Ahmed Zayat, who has been at Del Mar, travels to New Jersy on Wednesday as well, while Baffert’s planned arrival is Saturday.

American Pharoah is scheduled to return to Del Mar either Monday or Tuesday. “I’m on the Pharoah tour now,” Baffert said. “My job is just to keep him in form; keep him happy. I need to make sure he’s ready for anything they throw at him. That’s it now – just keep him healthy and happy.

“Of all my big horses, he’s the easiest (to deal with). You don’t worry about him; he’s easy. You work him, you put him back in his stall, and you don’t have to talk about him the rest of the day. Some of my horses, you’re worrying about this and worrying about that, but him – he’s easy.

“I haven’t looked at the weather back there; it’s usually hot. But it won’t matter. He can handle it.”

Clocker Dane Nelson said: “His usual good work. He went nice and easy with it.”

An estimated 300-400 fans were in the grandstand (a normal morning might see one to two dozen folks out). There were a dozen fans with cameras at the ready at the Baffert barn 15 minutes before American Pharoah emerged from the stall and both backside viewing stands were filled to maximum.

American Pharoah drew a round of applause at the end of his work, a probable first at Del Mar.

Garcia termed the work “smooth and easy.”

source: Del Mar Press department

American Pharoah at Del Mar

from the Del Mar Press Department

AMERICAN PHAROAH MEETS PRESS UPON DEL MAR ARRIVAL
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, displaying star cool, was on display for San Diego area media Tuesday morning, about six hours after arrival at the Bob Baffert barn.
American Pharoah vanned down from SDel Mar racinganta Anita in the dead of night with several other Baffert horses, arriving at 4 a.m. Assistant trainer Jim Barnes, who presented the horse in the absence of Baffert – away along with jockey Victor Espinoza to attend the ESPY Awards — said it was a very smooth freeway trip at that hour.
At around 7:30 a.m. American Pharoah, who notched his first career victory in the Del Mar Futurity on Polytrack last September, got his first experience on the new dirt surface, jogging one mile around the main track oval.
“He loves it down here,” Barnes said. “It was just a normal jogging day after a ship.”
A couple of dozen media members, including representatives from six television stations, assembled for what was scheduled to be a 10-minute gathering but ran slightly over that. One reason was that American Pharaoh seemed to be enjoying it so much he resisted the first tug to be led back to his stall. Before it was over, there was no gap between the media and the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and good feelings appeared mutual.
“He loves selfies,” Barnes said.
American Pharoah will train here for an expected start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey on August 2.  The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof The Nile, will go to the track between 7:30 and 7:45 during the week and will have workouts on the weekends.
“You don’t get to meet a Triple Crown winner very often, so we’re delighted to have him here,” said Joe Harper, Del Mar President and CEO. “He’s looking very good and we’re glad to have him back where (his career) started.”

American Pharoah To Run in Haskell Invitational

By Alex Orr, Jr. for Horse News

Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah will make his next start in the $1.5 million, Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational on Aug.2.

“I’ve decided to do the logical step and run American Pharoah at Monmouth,” owner Ahmed Zayat said. “I’m trying to create one of the best days racing… [Read more…]

American Pharoah Lookin’ Good on Track After Triple Crown Win

Triple Crown NBC LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Even as the lives of those around him have been wonderfully altered by his Triple Crown achievement, champion American Pharoah was his same old, visually inspiring self Friday morning as he went back to the track for the first time since completing his sweep of the American classics in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. With…

Larry Collmus on calling American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory

Larry Colmus fbBelmont announcer, and Maryland native, Larry Collmus found himself narrating history last Saturday when American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown.
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