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An easy one today as he works tomorrow for the last and final time ever at Santa Anita and the boss does not want him doing too much.As he's galloping down the lane, I savor the last time that I'll see American Pharaoh here at Santa Anita, as I'm hopping on a plane first thing tomorrow. "I am very confident that this is the right decision for American Pharoah," Zayat said. 4 post, he broke alertly and moved to front, widening his margin at every pole to prevail by 6 ½ lengths in track record time of 2:00.07, and became the first horse to win the Grand Slam. I know he's joking.
If it wasn't for the big "American Pharoah" saddle pad and his glistening coat, American Pharoah could be any other horse just out for a routine jog.Barnes meets them at the entrance to the track, down by the gap. American Pharoah breaks into his usual jog — boy, he's on the muscle today! He has American Pharoah anchored like the Queen Mary to Long Beach harbor. Once the jokes were dispensed with, Bob said that he "went great. I know exactly who "She" is! Speaking afterward, Bob got a little emotional. He can do the talking from now on! Georgie Alvarez is off today, so Manny Avila, Georgie's stand-in, gets the leg up aboard the Triple Crown winner. In the Belmont, he led all the way en route to a dominating 5½-length victory.After winning the Haskell Invitational in early August in Zayat's home state of New Jersey, American Pharoah took his show to upstate New York to run in the Travers. I bide my time and wander over to Bob, who as usual has a swarm of people around him. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series. 6:29 a.m.: Baffert arrives. Bell boots help to prevent that from happening. He then changes the subject and asks, "Oh, by the way, did you see Songbird work?"
It's 6:40 a.m. and I'm standing on the apron when I see a head of familiar white hair bobbing about — Baffert's here? "And stop showing off," he says, for good measure, then turns with a smile and says, "I don't know what I'm going to do with him!" Georgie Alvarez turns him around and breaks into a familiar lope, Georgie just leaning back ever so slightly on the reins. )When I ask Jimmy how the whole year has been, he said, "It's been easy — well, the horse made it easy.
Or American Pharoah. The Breeders' Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. My god, he looks fabulous as he strikes another pose. Avila was American Pharoah's regular rider when the young unheard of colt first came to Santa Anita in June of last year. Martin gets him pulled up at the 3/8 pole and jogs back around to the 1/8 pole still SMILING. He's been with Bob since November 1997, just a few short months after witnessing Silver Charm's agonizing defeat in the Triple Crown.Barnes looks pretty good for 56. Or Bob for that matter! On behalf of every trainer who gets up and tries to make a living, I want to congratulate you. Two days out that's enough, said the Hall of Famer. (2:39)LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Hail and farewell, American Pharoah.The Triple Crown champion won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic by 6½ lengths Saturday, taking charge out of the gate in his final race before retirement.The 3-year-old colt ran 1¼ miles in a track-record 2:00.07 as the sentimental 3-5 favorite among the crowd of 50,155 at Keeneland.
Smokey and American Pharoah saunter back to the barn, stopping to pose for photos every so often. Jockey Martin Garcia is absent this morning, but don't presume he's got the day off — he's en route to New York to ride Pretty 'n Cool in the Matron Stakes.Instead, Victor Espinoza is filling in, and gets hoisted aboard Dortmund for a five furlong drill in company. But it suits him! Bob's standing on the stairs of the grandstand to get a good look, walkie-talkie in hand. American Pharoah | Breeders' Cup Since 1984, the world's finest thoroughbreds have competed He's joking, of course - his eyes haven't left his pride and joy one second. By now, American Pharoah has deflated. But that doesn't stop throngs of people, some pint sized, some not, trying to edge away from the wall to get a better look. 0 Shows It's as though they both know that this is almost over — just one more race. ET, followed by the 152Live coverage will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.NBC SPORTS HORSE RACING SCHEDULE, THROUGH JUNE (All Times ET)Horse of a Lifetime: American Pharoah’s Run to the Grand Slam Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In -Presented by America’s Best Racing – Stephen Foster Stakes (LIVE)The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races.
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