American Pharoah has first breeze since Haskell win

Posted to: American Pharoah Sunday, August 16, 2015
American Pharoah has first breeze since Haskell win
With owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert looking on, American Pharoah had his first breeze on Sunday morning since winning the Aug. 2 Haskell Inv. (G1).

Martin Garcia, per usual, was in the irons for the four furlong move, which was caught in :47 3/5 seconds over Del Mar's main track. 

Official split times from the clockers were :12 2/5, :24 3/5, :35 4/5, and :59 4/5 with a 1:13 3/5 gallop out.

American Pharoah came onto the track at approximately 7:45, which was cleared exclusively for horses nominated to the Pacific Classic (G1).

"He went nice; like he always does," Baffert said. "I think this empty track today allowed him to relax some. When he's got horses all around him, he gets keyed up."

Garcia remains amazed at how the 3-year-old Triple Crown champion continues to thrive.

"It went super good," Garcia said back at the stable area. "Bob just told me to work him like we usually do and make sure we get a little bit out of it. He was just cruising. It's like he's still getting better and better. This horse is unbelievable."

Though Zayat and Baffert haven’t definitively said where American Pharoah will make his next start, Zayat has expressed his desire to run in the Travers S. (G1) Aug. 29 at Saratoga. Baffert said a final decision will be made next weekend, when American Pharoah is scheduled to work next.