American Pharoah to race on….
Immediate reaction after defeat in the “graveyard of champions” Travers Stakes at Saratoga looked to spell the end of the racing career for Triple Crown hero American Pharoah but in a statement released today owner Ahmed Zayat has decided to race on with his champion who is already purchased for stud duties by Coolmore, a purchase believed to be worth circa USD 20m.
In a statement released by the owner to www.espn.com and Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman Zayat explained “I have discussed all aspects of American Pharoah’s race last Saturday in the Travers with our whole team, and have decided American Pharoah deserves another chance, so we are pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”
“I am very confident in my decision. Not a moment has gone by since the race on Saturday when I have not thought about this decision. My initial concern right after the race was about American Pharoah’s condition, because he did not run his ‘A’ race. He has come out of the race in great shape. And after examining all the evidence and talking it over with our team Bob Baffert, my son Justin, Jimmy Barnes, and jockey Victor Espinoza — I believe there were a combination of factors that prevented American Pharoah from running his absolute best on Saturday. I have every confidence that he can run to his best again, and he deserves the chance to do so.”
The Breeders Cup Classic a $5 dollar purse will now be hotter than ever with Beholder, Honor Code and Tonalist all set to line up alongside recently confirmed Gleneagles for Aidan O’Brien who earmarked the contest as a target for his star three year old.
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