© Benoit Photo
According to a story in the Santa Anita Stable Notes for September 23rd, Bob Baffert is very pleased with how American Pharoah has been training since his runner-up effort in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) on August 29th.
Two days ago, American Pharoah breezed a half-mile in :49.80 at Santa Anita, a workout that impressed Baffert.
“He came out of the Travers well,” Baffert was quoted as saying. “He’s a pretty tough horse, probably one of the toughest horses I’ve been around. He’s got a great mind and he’s a tremendous athlete.
“I’m really surprised that he hasn’t tailed off. After Saratoga, I could tell he did a bit, because he needed a little extra time. But he’s slowly getting it back. This little break’s going to really help him. He needed it.”