American Pharoah “great” the day after Travers

Posted to: American Pharoah Sunday, August 30, 2015
American Pharoah “great” the day after Travers
Despite losing for the first time in 2015, American Pharoah had trained Bob Baffert looking forward the morning after finished a very game second in Saturday’s Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga.

“He looks great today,” Baffert told the media gathering on Sunday. “According to the sheet guys, he was the play against. He was supposed to bounce, which he did. That’s what they do. He could come back and freshen up and run. I don’t think he tailed off, I think he just didn’t bring his ‘A’ game. If you look at him, he still looks pretty healthy. He doesn’t look like a tired horse.”

The Triple Crown champ will fly back to California on Monday to join Baffert’s barn, with a decision on whether the colt races again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) or is possibly retired, something Ahmed Zayat mentioned shortly after the race.

“Basically, we’ll let the horse tell us what he’s doing,” Baffert said. “I really don’t know what the thought is. I know (Zayat will) be going back and forth (on what to do next).”

“Ahmed Zayat, it’s his horse,” Baffert continued. “My job is if I see something, if he were to come up with something I didn’t like, then I’d tell him. Nothing has shown up today. We’re glad that he looked fine and he’s healthy. I didn’t see any problem there.”

The Travers loss ended an eight-race winning streak that began last year in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). Even in defeat, American Pharoah earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, his ninth straight triple-digit figure. And with the $270,000 second-place check, he now has lifetime earnings of $5,900,300.