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Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah will race on Saturday June 6th for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival presented by DraftKings.
Reigning 2-year-old male champion American Pharoah, undefeated in 2015 while winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill, and the Grade 1 Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, had no trouble whatsoever taking to the track known as “Big Sandy” during a practice round earlier in the week.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said,“This is a very tough race with a lot of very nice horses in it. Like Pat Riley said, ‘In championship games there is winning and there is misery,’ so that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
He added, “I’m soaking it in. It’s exciting. I never thought I’d be back here again in this position, but the way he won his races, and then the Preakness, he was so dominating that day. When he’s right, he likes to dominate. He’s that kind of horse. Hopefully, he can bring it one more time.”
American Pharoah is attempting to become only the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978.