Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived at Del Mar early Tuesday morning, and will continue to train at the seaside track as he prepares for his next start in the G1 Haskell Invitational.
Not only will the talented colt be training for that race, but as Tim Layden writes in Sports Illustrated, American Pharoah will be preparing for the final races of his career – and the legacy he will leave behind.
All of the Triple Crown-winning team that works with the colt – from owner Ahmed Zayat, to trainer Bob Baffert, to exercise rider Georgie Alvarez – want what's best for their colt and will do their best not to tarnish all that the colt has accomplished so far on the racetrack. As Layden writes, “Baffert is determined not to put Pharoah in a position to lose and perhaps diminish his place in history.”
So, after the Haskell, the rest of American Pharoah's schedule remains fluid. A possible start in the G1 Travers, or G2 Pennsylvania Derby, prior to ending his career in the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic – nothing is written in stone.
“Three months left,” Layden writes. “Maybe four races. And in end, the horse alone will write the final chapter.”
Read more in Sports Illustrated
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