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Pharoah Draws Gate Two For Travers
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has drawn favourably in barrier two for the 146th running of the Gr1 Travers Stakes (10 furlongs) at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, reports Blood Horse. "Once you have it (the post position) you have to take it," trainer Bob Baffert said. "Right now, my concern is getting there, with shipping and having everything go smoothly. The horse is doing well, that's the most important thing." He added: "Everything has to go smooth for him. We don't take anything for granted. We're coming in there ready. We're just treating it like it's another big-time race, which it is...all of his races have been really just over the top. That's what surprised me is that he keeps bringing it like he does. I've had really good horses that when they put in a great performance it's hard for them to keep bringing those great performances, and he does. We want to get another great performance out of him." American Pharoah, who is coming off 2.25-length victory in the Gr1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park earlier this month, is the dominant 1-5 favourite for the race which has had its prize money increased from US$1.25 million to US$1.6 million due to the champion colt's participation. Only three Triple Crown winners have run in the Travers, with Whirlaway the only one to win the race in 1941. Affirmed won the Trevrs in 1978, but was disqualified and relegated to second behind his great adversary Alydar.