LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah had a spirited gallop at Keeneland in preparation for his final career start in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The colt arrived Tuesday from California and walked around his barn Wednesday. On Thursday, he galloped on the training track’s synthetic surface.
Trainer Bob Baffert had planned to use the main dirt track but changed his mind after several days of rain left a muddy surface. Several hundred fans watched the workout with exercise rider Georgie Alvarez on a cool, sunny morning.
Baffert said afterward that American Pharoah was “happy” and has been “working well.” American Pharoah is the 6-5 morning line favorite and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.