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Travers Next For Pharoah

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

Trainer Bob Baffert has indicated that Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is likely to have his next start in the Gr1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga on 29 August, reports Blood Horse. "Mr. Zayat [owner Ahmed Zayat] made it clear he wants to run in the Travers, so I'll give the horse every opportunity, if he's 100%, to do that," Baffert said. Baffert said American Pharoah continues to thrive in his work. "He still looks like a picture of health. He's pretty damn spectacular," he said. "I've never seen a horse that's been on a plane so many times and still holds his form. I brought him out the other day and I couldn't believe it. The hair is supposed to start getting a dull look or the horse gets a look that says, 'Hey, I'm getting tired.' I don't know what planet this horse is from. If they're going to clone a horse, it should be this one." He added: "We're going to breeze him probably Sunday at Del Mar and we'll know more about how he's doing. He has to show me that energy level and that he's moving well. Believe me, I'm looking for an excuse not to come, but I'll let Pharoah tell me if he's ready."

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