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American Pharoah to parade for his fans at Del Mar Sunday

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will parade between races at Del Mar Sunday, with precise times and details still being ironed out.

See the TwinSpires blog for a bit of speculation about whether anything can be read into this development -- or not.

In other Pharoah-related commentary on the blog:

James Scully's five takeaways from the Travers.

Vance Hanson explains why the Travers was a race American Pharoah didn't have to lose.

Site Read takes on five others in With Anticipation

Site Read (Tizdejavu), a 21-1 longshot winner of his debut in late July for Bill Mott, will be the probable favorite for his second career start, Wednesday's $200,000 With Anticipation (G2) at Saratoga.

The 1 1/16-mile grass test for juveniles, an ostensible prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), has attracted five others.

For more, visit the TwinSpires blog.

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Fields coming into focus for Saratoga's Labor Day weekend stakes

Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song) in the Woodward (G1), Rachel's Valentina (Bernardini) in the Spinaway (G1), Cavorting (Bernardini) in the Prioress (G2), Ironicus (Distorted Humor) in the Bernard Baruch (G2) and Magna Light (Magna Graduate) in the Hopeful (G1) -- just a sampling of the notable names lining up for Saratoga's final weekend, featuring seven graded stakes.

American Pharoah gets time to 'chill' back in California

One day after owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat intimated that American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) might have run his last race in defeat in the Travers (G1), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday that plans have yet to be determined.

"We'll just get him back there (California) and let him chill for a little bit," Baffert said. "He needs to chill.

"We'll just play it by ear. Ahmed Zayat, it's his horse. My job is if I see something, if he were to come up with something I didn't like, then I'd tell him. Nothing has shown up today. We're glad that he looked fine and he's healthy. I didn't see any problem there."

For more quotes from Baffert, including his appraisal of the Triple Crown winner's performance at the Spa, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

Keen Ice 'tired' but doing well after Travers

Trainer Dale Romans reported Sunday morning that Keen Ice (Curlin) was doing well but was tired -- "with every right to be so" -- one day after running down Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga.

The two colts could rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic on October 31 at Keeneland, but for now will share a plane ride to Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday. There, Keen Ice will disembark for a van ride to Romans' Churchill Downs barn while American Pharoah and stable pony Smokey continue on to trainer Bob Baffer's base in Southern California.

For more, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

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McLaughlin critiques Frosted's tactics in Travers

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin on Sunday commented about the trip that Frosted (Tapit) received from last-minute replacement rider Jose Lezcano, who employed more aggressive early tactics en route to his third-place finish in the Travers (G1).

"We didn't want to engage (American Pharoah) that early but Jose rode him well. It was unfortunate for us and maybe for American Pharoah, too."

For more analysis of Lezcano's tactics, please click the TwinSpires blog link.


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Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Point Piper 5H 1m (ft) DMR 8/26 Harry F. Brubaker S. 102
Valid 5G 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 8/30 Philip H. Iselin S. 102
Sheer Drama 5M 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/29 Personal Ensign S. 98
Catch My Drift 4F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/24 Summer Colony S. 96
Needmore Flattery 4F 1 1/16m (ft) TDN 8/29 Pay the Man S. 90
Theogony 5M 1 1/16m (ft) WO 8/30 Belle Mahone S. 85
Brudda Clyde 6G 1m (ft) GPR 8/30 Peace Country S. 81
Blues Blaster 6H 1 5/8m (ft) FER 8/30 C. J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon H. 71
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Private Zone 6G 7f (ft) SAR 8/29 Priority One Jets Forego S. 106
Unbridled Forever 4F 7f (ft) SAR 8/29 Ballerina S. 97
Two Brews to Go 4F 6 1/2f (ft) FE 8/25 Andy Passero Memorial Cup S. 89
Whitcomb Hill 3C 6 1/2f (ft) FE 8/25 Bob Summers Memorial Cup S. 87
Dubla Gold 8G 6f (ft) GPR 8/28 Horizon North S. 83
Sweetedge 5M 6 1/2f (ft) CLS 8/29 Columbus Maturity Matron S. 82
Smile Lee 8M 6f (gd) GPR 8/29 GP Express S. 76
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Flintshire (GB) 5H 1 1/2m (fm) SAR 8/29 Sword Dancer S. 116
Lady Shipman 3F 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 8/30 Smart N Fancy S. 103
Da Big Hoss 4C 1 5/8m (fm) SAR 8/26 John's Call S. 96
Lubash 8H 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 8/28 West Point S. 95
The Tea Cups 5M 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 8/28 Yaddo S. 94
Photo Call (IRE) 4F 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 8/29 Violet S. 92
Dacita (CHI) 4F 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 8/29 Ketel One Ballston Spa S. 91
Zeta Zody 4F 7 1/2f (fm) RP 8/28 Bob Barry Memorial S. 88
English Holiday 5M 1 1/16m (gd) FE 8/25 Molson Cup S. 76
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Sudden Surprise 2C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/28 Funny Cide S. 93
She's All Ready 2F 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/28 Seeking the Ante S. 91
Patriotic Diamond 2F 6f (ft) DMR 8/28 Generous Portion S. 89
School Board Prez 2F 6f (ft) BTP 8/29 Kevin Goemmer Tah Dah S. 85
Zackarooney 2C 6f (ft) EVD 8/29 Evangeline Downs Star S. 80
Marquee Miss 2F 7f (ft) AP 8/29 Arlington-Washington Lassie S. 78
Flashy Appeal 2F 6f (ft) EVD 8/29 Evangeline Downs Starlet S. 70
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Runhappy 3C 7f (ft) SAR 8/29 King's Bishop S. 111
Gimme Da Lute 3C 1m (ft) DMR 8/29 El Cajon S. 105
Island Town 3G 1m 70y (ft) PRX 8/29 Smarty Jones S. 101
Keen Ice 3C 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/29 Travers S. 101
Stellar Wind 3F 1m (ft) DMR 8/30 Torrey Pines S. 100
Nun the Less 3C 1m (fm) CBY 8/29 Mystic Lake Derby 96
Stormy Regatta 3F 1m (fm) SAR 8/27 Riskaverse S. 94
Good Luck Gus 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/28 Albany S. 91
Born in a Breeze 3C 1m (fm) WO 8/30 Vice Regent S. 90
Jc's Shooting Star 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/28 Fleet Indian S. 87
Daddy Justice 3G 1m (ft) IND 8/26 Paul Tinkle ITOBA Stallion Season Colts and Geldin 83
Silverhill 3G 1m (ft) SRP 8/25 SunRay Park and Casino H. 70
Show Me Indy 3F 1m (ft) IND 8/26 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies S. 66
Jesa Plain Jane 3F 1m (ft) ASD 8/29 North Dakota Derby 53


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Flintshire (GB)   SAR   1 1/2m (fm)   8/29   124.6
Social Inclusion   PRX   1 1/16m (ft)   8/29   123.8
Private Zone   SAR   7f (ft)   8/29   123.6
Valid   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   8/30   122.9
Runhappy   SAR   7f (ft)   8/29   122.9
Sheer Drama   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/29   122.5
Keen Ice   SAR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/29   122.5
Unbridled Forever   SAR   7f (ft)   8/29   122.0
Market Blaster   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/30   121.9
Patriotic Diamond   DMR   6f (ft)   8/28   121.8
Stellar Wind   DMR   1m (ft)   8/30   121.7
Freestyler   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/29   121.7
Pleiadian   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/29   121.5
Catch My Drift   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/24   121.4
Runs With Bulls   TDN   1m 40y (ft)   8/29   120.9

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Tuesday

Delaware Park   (1st) Highland Dancer, 4-1
    (7th) Harlington Night, 10-1
Finger Lakes   (3rd) Danceteria, 4-1
    (9th) Advantage Please, 4-1
Fort Erie   (4th) Koscheck, 4-1
    (8th) Prized Humour, 4-1
Indiana Grand   (8th) Catch Bailey, 9-2
    (9th) Ol Army, 8-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Sussex Place, 8-1
    (5th) Papa's Miracle, 8-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Smartcool, 6-1
    (9th) Thirteen Arrows, 5-1
Presque Isle Downs   (5th) King Cyrus, 3-1
    (7th) Mr Num Num, 4-1

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