TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH AGAIN GALLOPS 1 ½ MILES,
TWO TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER WALKS MANDELLA SHEDROW FOLLOWING BULLET SIX FURLONG MOVE ON FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2015)—Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah graced Santa Anita’s main track at 8 a.m. Saturday and with regular exercise rider George Alvarez up, he backtracked to the half mile pole prior to again galloping a strong mile and a half.
Idle since running a valiant second in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, American Pharoah has yet to breeze since the race as he’s pointed by Bob Baffert to his career finale—the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.
Two-time Eclipse Champion Beholder, fresh off a bullet six furlong move under Gary Stevens Friday morning, walked the Richard Mandella shedrow with a rider up this morning at 7:30 a.m. The 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare, who is scheduled to shoot for a record setting third consecutive win in the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes next Saturday, Sept. 26, was allowed to graze outdoors following her walk under the Mandella shed.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder, who comes of a record setting 8 ¼ length tally versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, is expected to face off against American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic if all goes well in the Zenyatta.
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