Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah galloped 1 1/2 miles over the Churchill Downs main track Sunday morning with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez in the irons. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert flew into Louisville Saturday night from his Southern California base.
“He looks very healthy and he’s happy; he looks like he’s getting ready to work,” Baffert said.
While Baffert is happy with the way American Pharoah is training and confident that his horse will run big on Saturday, he admitted to feeling a mix of emotions going into Monday’s workout.
Baffert acknowledged how important a good break is for American Pharoah to perform well in the Belmont.
BELMONT STAKES POSSIBLE FIELD – The possible 9-horse Belmont Stakes lineup (with jockey and trainer): Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza, Bob Baffert); Blue Grass fourth and Kentucky Derby 11th Frammento (Mike Smith, Nick Zito); Wood Memorial and Kentucky Derby 4th Frosted (Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin); Louisiana Derby 4th and Kentucky Derby 7th Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux, Dale Romans); Peter Pan winner Madefromlucky (undecided, Todd Pletcher); Florida Derby champ and Kentucky Derby 6th Materiality (undecided, Todd Pletcher); UAE Derby winner and Kentucky Derby 8th Mubtaahij-IRE (Irad Ortiz Jr., Mike de Kock); Preakness runner-up Tale of Verve (Gary Stevens, Dallas Stewart); and recent Belmont Park first-level allowance winner The Truth Or Else (Edgar Prado, Kenny McPeek).
The Belmont Stakes will be televised on NBC this Saturday.
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