American Pharoah remains on target for BC Classic

American Pharoah remains on target for BC Classic

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'Pharoah' a Go for BC Classic

Colt likely to train at Churchill Downs

Owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Sept. 3 that American Pharoah  will continue training toward a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Zayat's decision revises his emotional post-Travers Stakes (gr. I) gut reaction, which was to consider retiring the Triple Crown winner after a runner-up finish to longshot Keen Ice . It was only American Pharoah's second career loss in 10 starts, and the first since his debut last year.

Trainer Bob Baffert will likely ship the colt to Churchill Downs to train leading up to the Oct. 31 Classic at Keeneland.

"My initial concern right after the race was about American Pharoah's condition, because he did not run his 'A' race," Zayat said. "He has come out of the race in great shape. And after examining all the evidence and talking it over with our team, I have every confidence that he can run to his best again—and he deserves the chance to do so."