Triple Crown champion American Pharoah turned in another stellar workout at Santa Anita this morning, breezing five furlongs in sharp fashion as he continues to prepare for a start in the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on August 2nd at Monmouth Park.
With trainer Bob Baffert overseeing the exercise, American Pharoah started off with fractions of :24 3/5 and :47 1/5 before stopping the clock for five furlongs in :59 1/5, an exceptional time especially considering that he had to race wide around the final turn when he caught up with two other horses that were in the middle of their workouts. Despite the unexpected company, American Pharoah remained relaxed, cruising across the wire and galloping out strongly in what was his third workout since winning the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6th.
His time was the second-fastest of 50 morning workouts at that distance, and was just one-fifth of a second slower than the bullet time.
Workout video courtesy of the Santa Anita Press Box Twitter account: https://twitter.com/SAPublicity/status/620273667864264704