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Pharoah Given Green Light For Breeders' Cup

Friday, 4th September 2015

Owner Ahmed Zayat has announced that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will continue racing and be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland on 31 October, reports Blood Horse. Zayat indicated he was considering retirement for the champion colt in the aftermath of his shock loss to Keen Ice in the Gr1 Travers Stakes 6 days ago, however following discussions with trainer Bob Baffert and other members of his team the BC is now back on the agenda. "I have discussed all aspects of American Pharoah's race last Saturday in the Travers - and his condition since the race - with our whole team, and have decided American Pharoah deserves another chance, so we are pointing to the Breeders' Cup Classic," Zayat said in a statement. "I am very confident in my decision," Zayat said. "Not a moment has gone by since the race on Saturday when I have not thought about this decision. My initial concern right after the race was about American Pharoah's condition, because he did not run his 'A' race. He has come out of the race in great shape. And after examining all the evidence and talking it over with our team...I believe there were a combination of factors that prevented American Pharoah from running his absolute best on Saturday. I have every confidence that he can run to his best again, and he deserves the chance to do so." Zayat told ESPN.com that he didn't know whether American Pharoah would be given a prep race before the Breeders' Cup, and that Baffert would monitor the colt's progress in the coming weeks.

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