10/26/2015 12:31PM

American Pharoah sizzles in final workout

Shigeki Kikkawa
With Martin Garcia up, American Pharoah works for the final time - a half-mile drill in 46.60 seconds at Santa Anita on Monday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Triple Crown winner American Pharoah zoomed a half-mile in 46.60 seconds at Santa Anita on Monday, the last workout of a legendary career that ends Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

If the ease of Monday’s workout is an indication, American Pharoah’s status as the favorite for the BC Classic is well deserved.

Ridden by jockey Martin Garcia, American Pharoah went more than a second quicker than trainer Bob Baffert expected while exercising without urging. Before the workout, Baffert told Garcia to aim for a half-mile in 48 seconds. Baffert later said that might have been an unreasonable goal.

“That’s why he went by himself,” Baffert said. “If he’d been going any slower, he’d have been galloping. He’s ridiculous. That’s why he’s American Pharoah.”

American Pharoah was on the track on his own at 7:45 a.m. for a 10-minute training session reserved for Breeders’ Cup workers. His workout was witnessed by a larger-than-normal crowd for a Monday morning, with fans and Santa Anita horsemen following his moves.

American Pharoah was jogged down the stretch and broke away at the finish line from a pony ridden by Jimmy Barnes, Baffert’s assistant. American Pharoah jogged around the first turn and was in a gallop entering the backstretch. He was running at a strong clip when he reached the half-mile pole to begin the workout.

American Pharoah ran the opening furlong in 11.80 seconds, a quarter-mile in 23.20, and three furlongs in 34.60, according to Santa Anita clockers. Baffert timed American Pharoah in a quicker 11.40 seconds for the opening furlong.

“I thought he was going in 12 flat,” Baffert said. “He was in hand.”

Santa Anita clockers timed American Pharoah galloping out five furlongs in 59.40 seconds.

“He’s ready,” Garcia said after he rode American Pharoah back to Baffert’s stable. Garcia has been the regular workout rider for American Pharoah throughout the year. Victor Espinoza has ridden American Pharoah in races this year.

Owned by Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah was scheduled to be flown to Kentucky early Tuesday. He is scheduled to go to stud in Kentucky after the BC Classic. The race will be American Pharoah’s first start since a second in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29. The colt has won 8 of 10 starts and earned $5,900,300.

“Now, we just have to win it,” Baffert said. “We can let him go out a champion. He’s ready to roll.”

Priscilla Brice More than 1 year ago
May the Gods be with American Pharoah. Today and forever as he tries to end his career in a blaze of glory few horses have ever achieved. He has a shot at becoming one of the greatest ever.
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Toss........biggest underlay in history of horse racing. Vince P
george More than 1 year ago
Beholder is going to win
r More than 1 year ago
If rains come early, AP goes gate to wire just like in the Preakness.
Tennis Bum More than 1 year ago
American Pharoah is the only legitimate speed in the race.
Frank More than 1 year ago
If AP wins, I'll eat everybody's Daily racing form.....
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Ian Douglas More than 1 year ago
You are going to need lots of beer to wash it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope all entries stay healthy, this race shapes up to be a true classic.
Thomas Nicholson More than 1 year ago
I hope they send him. Let him go out with a 10 length victory. Wire to wire, like big Red did in the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah is pulling away like a magnificent machine !!!! He is the same kind of Champion as Slew and Big Red. HOLD NOTHING BACK !!!!!!!!!!!
Andrew Stayzer More than 1 year ago
I think thats exactly whats going to happen within half a length or leading at top of stretch pushes the button n boom 5 or more 10 would be awesome
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
He is too slow. Running a final quarter of 26 won't do it on Saturday. He will give the fans a thrill to the turn. Then he will wilt . Half the field will go by him in the stretch as Tonalist crosses the line 1st ! Thinking AP will finish 5th or 6th so key him in the cincofecta or seisfecta ha ha :) If you like him and stuck on the fact you think he wins just watch . Don't waste your $ on a fave who is too slow on paper. He should be 12-1 but will likely be 4/5 . Not worth it !
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
too slow on paper and too slow on the track
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
* to
Fred Greenstein More than 1 year ago
too was correct. duh
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
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Scott Samuel More than 1 year ago
You must not know much about horse racing. His previous races, i.e. the Belmont and Haskell, put him above this group of horses. He is the controlling speed and in the aforementioned races, he should have gotten much higher Beyers. I can tell you that I will take 3/2 all day long on him and will be counting my money at the window. Look at the works. He is ready to roll. Baffert would not run him if he thought he would not put on a performance.
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
i would be shocked if he hits the board but good luck to you and the bets you make and hope all of them come out of the race healthy.
Thomas Nicholson More than 1 year ago
What a race this is going to be. No matter who wins I hope they all come home safely !!!!!!