A sloppy track didn’t stop American Pharoah from winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and it certainly didn’t stop him this morning when the Triple Crown hopeful went out and galloped ten furlongs over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs.
According to the Churchill Downs Barn Notes for May 25th, Bob Baffert’s assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes was happy with American Pharoah’s gallop: “He went very nice and looked good,” Barnes said. “He likes an off track. Everything seems fine.”
Bob Baffert is expected to arrive at Churchill Downs tomorrow morning to check in on American Pharoah and determine when the colt will breeze prior to the Belmont Stakes. It’s possible that American Pharoah will post two timed workouts before the Belmont, with the first coming as early as tomorrow morning.
A video of American Pharoah’s morning gallop has been posted on YouTube by Churchill Downs and can be viewed below:
With thirteen days remaining until the Belmont Stakes, here is the current list of expected starters:
|American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
|Carpe Diem||Unknown||Todd Pletcher|
|Conquest Curlinate||Shaun Bridgmohan||Mark Casse|
|Frammento||Mike Smith||Nick Zito|
|Frosted||Joel Rosario||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|Keen Ice||Kent Desormeaux||Dale Romans|
|Mubtaahij||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Mike de Kock|
|Tale of Verve||Gary Stevens||Dallas Stewart|
|War Story||Colby Hernandez||Tom Amoss|
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