05/14/2015 11:36AM

American Pharoah’s morning man

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BALTIMORE – American Pharoah likes to move at a brisk clip, and he certainly was eager on Thursday morning here at Pimlico, tugging hard at the reins during his daily gallop in preparation for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. But he had a formidable opponent in exercise rider Jorge Alvarez, who has been entrusted with some of the best horses on the West Coast for more than a decade and reached the pinnacle of his career two weeks ago when American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby.

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