American Pharoah

American Pharoah

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American Pharoah Shows Readiness for Rebel

The 2-year-old champion male of 2014 worked seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 Feb. 27.

American Pharoah  may be more than ready to make his 3-year-old debut.

The Zayat Stables-owned son of Pioneerof the Nile  worked an eye-catching seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14 at Oaklawn Park.

"He was very impressive," trainer Bob Baffert said. "He got a little tired last week when we worked him at (six furlongs), but week by week, he keeps getting stronger.

The champion 2-year-old male of 2014 hasn't raced since a 3 1/4-length victory in the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 because of a foot bruise, but his time Friday morning was the fastest workout for that distance at Santa Anita since stablemate Dortmund  covered the seven furlongs in 1:23 2/5 Jan. 21. Dortmund also ran seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 Feb. 26.

"I just told (jockey Martin Garcia) to cruise him around," Baffert said. "He did it the right way. I wasn't surprised about it. That's just him. He's shown signs of brilliance in the past."

Other notable 3-year-olds who worked Friday morning include Firing Line  (five furlongs, :59 3/5), Prospect Park (five furlongs, 1:01 2/5), Lord Nelson  (six furlongs, 1:13), Pain and Misery (1:00 4/5), and Bolo (six furlongs, 1:13 4/5).