American Pharoah draws post five in chase for historic Triple Crown

Posted to: American Pharoah Thursday, June 4, 2015
American Pharoah draws post five in chase for historic Triple Crown
Zayat Stables’ dual classic winner was assigned post five in the eight horse field for Saturday’s 147th Belmont S. (G1) as he attempts to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.

The homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile spent the bulk of the past three weeks at trainer Bob Baffert’s Churchill Downs base following his dominating victory in the Preakness on May 16. 
Following a pair of works at Churchill, American Pharoah shipped to Belmont Park earlier this week, and has taken a liking to his new surroundings.

"He seems to love this track," exercise rider Jorge Alvarez said following his Thursday morning gallop. "He was on a mission today. Everybody can see it. I was ready for him, the way he was going to do it today. I knew he was going to be fresh."

"I really couldn't see anything down the backside, but when he finally came down the stretch, he just was really moving so fluid, like he usually does, so it was a really positive gallop," Baffert said.

"He was just moving along like he's always moved along. It was really comforting to see that. You can tell he still has his energy. It's another day at the track tomorrow and then that's it.

"He's a very happy horse and you could tell he's enjoying himself out there this morning. That's the way he runs. When he's happy, he really enjoys running, so I think he was happy to get out there and take a spin around the track. It looked like he handled everything well and his exercise rider said he was pretty tough. He wanted to do a lot more, so those are very good signs." 

American Pharoah enters the Belmont on a six-race win streak, all in graded stakes, winning them by a combined 30 1/4 lengths. He’ll face five horses he defeated in the Derby (Mubtaahij, Frammento, Frosted, Keen Ice, and Materiality), one from the Preakness (Tale of Verve), and Madefromlucky, who he soundly defeated in both the Rebel S. (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1).