10/28/2014 11:23AM

American Pharoah out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner and Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, American Pharoah was the morning-line favorite for the Juvenile.

ARCADIA, Calif. - American Pharoah, the multiple Grade 1-winning 2-year-old, will be scratched from Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday morning.

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Baffert was to hold a press conference at 9:30 am Pacific to provide details.

American Pharoah, who won the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes, was the morning-line favorite for the race.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
hard surface at santa anita causes these sorts of injuries.lots of horses with hoof problems and deep soreness. another defection that might work out for the horse in the long run.
mark More than 1 year ago
This is now my 3rd single that has scratched.Wise Dan, Beholder, and now Pharoah! I'm holding my breath and hope I don't lose anymore. It's a tough game, and the horses are so fragile. Just hope they all come back, especially that wonderful gelding, Wise Dan. I can see the other two going right to the breeding shed.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
So you think AP is not even going to try the triple crown trail and be retired at 2? Mmmmm k. Well news breaker maybe you missed the part were Beholder was pulled from her sale and her connections said they will race her in 2015. Keep up the good work Mark!
mark More than 1 year ago
Where have you guys been? I broke this story last night!
tommy More than 1 year ago
He's a chicken. The main reason why he scratched was not because of a foot problem because x ray and ultra sound were negative but it was because the track will not let baffert use epo for this race and baffert knows the horse is junk so he just scratched him.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Tommy, I had no idea! Your knowledge is valuable and could help racing. Plus you could make a bunch of money being an advisor to wealthy owners with your insider knowledge! Give it a shot.
Walter More than 1 year ago
What is epo?
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Ignorant response from a know nothing
mike More than 1 year ago
You should know when it comes to "know nothings".
Kim Winstead More than 1 year ago
what a bunch of bull! junk huh? owners are laughing all the way to the bank!
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
No more badmouthing!!!!! don't you think for a second, they would have tried everything they could to get this, or any horse, to run in the race of a lifetime. Baffert is one of the best horse trainers and managers on mother earth. As for the colts and fillies not running after 4, you think they might be more valuable in the breeding shed.
mike More than 1 year ago
I agree Pharoah should not run,but as for your endorsement for your hero,I can't stand him. Mott,Shug,Motion have a moral compass,Baffert not so much.
Cheryl Temple More than 1 year ago
Hopefully, they would have the same regard for a 10k claimer--only because he's so "valuable", we decided to scratch him!! That stinks!
m More than 1 year ago
So now Baffert has to tell Zayat about the horses condition since Asmussen got caught lying...otherwise they would have patched him up and ran him if in Steven's hands...and he woulda won. hahaha...speculation of course.
m More than 1 year ago
negative articles - free
Michael Jones More than 1 year ago
And let me clarify American Pharoah already had 3 starts ,won the last one like a super star,he is a 2yr old ,for crying out loud ,this would be his 4start ,maybe one more than i would have like,why work him at all? This was a 2 million dollar purse and eclipss award on the line,all those races and works are meaningless if you dont race in this one,imagine the outcry if tom brady in the AFC championship game throws for 500 yards and 5 touchdown, but hurt himself in the process and dont play in the Super Bowl,we would be all pver coach Belicheck, just saying .
Michael Jones More than 1 year ago
Just my personal opinon and trust me far from an expert,but i believe his last work was so fast ,it was like a race ,in ptner words rather than go 47 and change for a work,thats a race ,he is a baby ,i rather have 5 races and 2 works ,rather than 2 races and 5 wprks,still i am on his bandwagon derby 2015
scott More than 1 year ago
The time of a workout is almost irrelevant. It's all about how the horse did it. If you watch Pharaoh's last two works he did them very easily, without urging. This is just bad timing for a bruise. (as of now they're calling it a bruise) What an efficient mover tho. I'm with you on that bandwagon for next year!