American Pharoah felt so good this morning at Belmont Park that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert decided to let him get a full look at the racing surface.
American Pharoah Heading to the Track watch video
With American Pharoah attempting to complete a Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, industry leaders talk about what the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978 would mean for the sport.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived June 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport and soon after walked off a horse van at Belmont Park, ready for his run in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Claire Novak updates us from outside of American Pharoah's barn, where he arrived on the afternoon of June 2, 2015. watch video
American Pharoah arrives at Belmont Park on June 2, 2015. Watch Video
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Baffert discusses June 1 breeze of Triple Crown hopeful at Churchill Downs watch video
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah continued his preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 1/2 miles over the Churchill Downs main track May 31 with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez in the irons.
With only a week until the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah stepped up his training May 30 with a 1 1/2-mile gallop on the Churchill Downs main track.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner had a schooling session in the Churchill Downs starting gate and resumed galloping around the one-mile oval May 29.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner American Pharoah returned to the Churchill Downs racetrack May 28 for a clockwise jog once around the mile oval.
The quality that American Pharoah brings to the table--the quality trainer Bob Baffert believes could help him sweep the Triple Crown--is the colt's smooth stride.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra take an early look at the Belmont Stakes, including who has the best chance to upset American Pharoah. Watch Video
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Bob Baffert, after dual classic winner American Pharoah worked. watch video
Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah continued his training for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy Churchill Downs main track May 25.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner American Pharoah galloped 1 3/16 miles on the Churchill Downs main track May 24.
American Pharoah continued his preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 3/16 miles on the Churchill Downs main track under regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez May 23.
The homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped 1 3/16 miles over the Churchill Downs main track May 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT following the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.
Five Palms, a lightly raced 5-year-old trained by Bob Baffert, will make his first trip into stakes waters in the $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes (gr. III) May 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Victor Espinoza departs Southern California for New York June 1, for what he hopes is a date with destiny, when he pursues a sweep of the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
American Pharoah returned to the track Thursday, May 21 for the first time since Saturday's seven-length Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) romp in the slop at Pimlico Race Course.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah, including trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat. Watch Video
Zayat Stable's American Pharoah gave himself a shot at the Triple Crown after a commanding victory in the $1.5 million Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
Hall of Fame trainer talks May 17 after American Pharoah's Preakness (gr. I) win. watch video
Jockey Victor Espinoza will try for a third time to complete a Triple Crown sweep, this year June 6 aboard Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah.
Secretariat owner Penny Chenery and Affirmed jockey Steve Cauthen believe American Pharoah could be that special horse capable of ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Ron Turcotte agrees.
Claire Novak tells us how American Pharoah exited the Preakness Stakes, the plan for American Pharoah to prep for the Belmont Stakes, and when he will ship to Belmont Park. watch video
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, dominating winner of the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), came out of the race in good order and will ship to Churchill Downs May 18 to prepare for his bid for the Triple Crown.
Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah with trainer Bob Baffert the morning after winning the Preskness Stakes, getting a bath May 17. watch video
A visual recap of American Pharoah's victory in the Preakness Stakes from the walkover, to the race, to the celebration afterwards. View Slideshow
Juddmonte Farms' Fame and Power won the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes for 3-year-olds May 16 at Pimlico Race Course, while Jerry Durant's Holy Boss took the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes later on the card.
With the serious work over, it was a quiet morning on the backside of Pimlico Race Course early May 16 as connections of Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) awaited the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Mr. Z is the troubled one of the bunch. He's the kid who is found throwing baseballs through windows instead of pitching toward home plate, whose focus often seems to wander, the wild-card player.
California horses have been more than effective at the highest levels of U.S. racing in recent years, and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was just the most recent example.
Trainer Bob Baffert discusses Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contenders American Pharoah and Dortmund. Watch Video
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was headed to Maryland to race some horses the weekend of May 15-16 and, though he didn't officially know the status of Mr. Z for Preakness, he thought the colt could use a change of scenery.
"You've got to know when to back up or lean on them. It's just a fine line, but you have to see them every day." -- Bob Baffert, trainer of Preakness (gr. I) contenders American Pharoah and Dortmund.
Claire Novak recaps the Preakness Stakes Post Position Draw held on May 13, 2015. Watch Video
Hall of Fame trainer discusses arrival of American Pharoah and Dortmund May 13 at Pimlico. watch video
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said "those two looked good" after watching American Pharoah and Dortmund train at Churchill Downs the morning of May 12.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Preakness Stakes. watch video
Trainer Bob Baffert said May 11 he was pleased with the morning activity of American Pharoah and Dortmund at Churchill Downs as they prepare for the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert, who will have certain favorite American Pharoah in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course, will seek his fourth Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) victory one day earlier with Luminance.
During 15 years of owning Thoroughbreds, Arnold Zetcher has enjoyed considerable success in major stakes with horses trained by Bob Baffert.
Tale of Verve entered the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) picture after a five-furlong work in 1:00 2/5 May 10 at Churchill Downs, and Zayat Stables' Mr. Z was withdrawn from consideration.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner American Pharoah galloped 1 3/16 miles after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.
American Pharoah and Dortmund, stablemates who finished first and third, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the track at Churchill Downs May 7 for the first time since Saturday's Run for the Roses.
Trainer Bob Baffert plans to send out another talented 3-year-old in Wolf Man Rocket in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) May 9 at Belmont Park.
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