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American Pharoah's on his way back to Del Mar

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) left Monmouth Park the morning after his smashing victory in Sunday's Haskell Invitational (G1), bound for trainer Bob Baffert's Del Mar base.

Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez commented on what makes American Pharoah special.

In another Haskell postscript, trainer Rick Violette reports that third-placer Upstart (Flatter) is bound for the Travers (G1) August 29 at Saratoga.

Check out the blog for more Monday analysis by James Scully ("Dazzling Haskell adds to American Pharoah's burgeoning legacy") and Vance Hanson ("American Pharoah has nothing more to prove against his peers").

Early look at prospective fields for Arlington Million Day

The likely contenders for the August 15 Arlington Million (G1), Beverly D. (G1), Secretariat (G1) and American St Leger (G3) are coming into focus. For a prospectus both foreign and domestic, see this post on the blog.

American Pharoah sails home an easy Haskell winner

Victor Espinoza smiles for the camera as American Pharoah lopes home in the Haskell (Aubrey Therkelsen/Equi-Photo)
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) added yet another easy win to his resume when galloping home under restraint from jockey Victor Espinoza to take the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. The win gave trainer Bob Baffert his eighth Haskell score.

American Pharoah broke on top in the 1 1/8-mile contest, but settled into a stalking spot just off Competitive Edge's (Super Saver) flank when that one slipped through to his inside. The popular bay colt's smooth stride carried him effortlessly around the track and on past Competitive Edge upon hitting the turn.

At first the Zayat Stables homebred opened up in the lane, completely under his own power, before Espinoza took a hold and began gearing him down. That allowed Keen Ice (Curlin) to close the gap in second, with Upstart (Flatter) and Competitive Edge (Super Saver) following in third and fourth, respectively.

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Trainer Stats


Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
David Walters   23   13   57
W. R. Whitehouse   27   15   56
Riley Rycroft   26   14   54
Jason Homer   23   12   52
Jonathan Wong   25   12   48
Weston Martin   19   9   47
Bruno Tessore   15   7   47
Donald G. Trett   15   7   47
Julie Atwood   31   14   45
Jamie Hartmann   45   20   44
Tim Abraham   16   7   44
Marcos Zulueta   45   19   42
Kathleen Babcock   17   7   41
Casey Doyle   17   7   41
Candi Tollett   17   7   41
Larry Pilotti   20   8   40
Jose M. Gonzalez   15   6   40
Larry D. Ross   23   9   39
Victor Carrasco, Jr.   34   13   38
Perry Cavanaugh   21   8   38
John E. Cox   32   12   38
James D. Christianson   16   6   38
Robert Gilker   16   6   38
Loren G. Cox   31   11   35
Juan Carlos Guerrero   20   7   35

Trainer/Jockey Stats


Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Jeremiah C. Englehart/John R. Davila, Jr.   18   10   56%
Pavel Vashchenko/Luis M. Quinones   15   8   53%
Jamie Hartmann/Stanley Chadee Jr.   34   17   50%
Julie Atwood/Fredy Peltroche   26   13   50%
Robertino Diodoro/Floyd Wethey, Jr.   16   8   50%
Dallas E. Keen/Dean P. Butler   16   8   50%
Victor Carrasco, Jr./Hector Berrios   19   9   47%
Karl Broberg/Roberto Morales   17   8   47%
Ron Faucheux/Colby J. Hernandez   15   7   47%
Riley Rycroft/Jose O. Rocha   15   7   47%
Dru S. Hall/Nikeela Renae Black   24   11   46%
Marcos Zulueta/Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.   24   11   46%
Malcolm Pierce/Eurico Rosa Da Silva   20   9   45%
Robertino Diodoro/Rico W. Walcott   18   8   44%
Karl Broberg/C.J. McMahon   47   20   43%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   77   32   42%
Eduardo E. Rojas/Wilfredo Corujo   20   8   40%
Aaron Shorter/Glenn W. Corbett   15   6   40%
Shea Stuart/C.J. McMahon   15   6   40%
Justin R. Evans/Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.   38   15   39%
Chris Richard/Alex Canchari   28   11   39%
Scott Becker/Victor Santiago   54   21   39%
W. Bret Calhoun/M. Clifton Berry   54   21   39%
Boyd Caster/Curtis Kimes   18   7   39%
John F. Martin/Ricardo Gonzalez   26   10   38%

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Tuesday

Delaware Park   (6th) Ermine and Purrs, 8-1
    (7th) Indian Jones, 8-1
Finger Lakes   (1st) Eye Witness, 4-1
    (6th) David's Flame, 4-1
Fort Erie   (2nd) Mist Oppertunity, 10-1
    (6th) Simply Smart, 4-1
Indiana Grand   (5th) Paden, 7-2
    (9th) Elusive Weekend, 5-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Cantcatchthedragon, 8-1
    (2nd) Mark of Fang, 7-2
Parx Racing   (5th) Hey Kiddo, 6-1
    (7th) Score One, 6-1
Presque Isle Downs   (5th) Overstand, 8-1
    (8th) Cosmic Karma, 7-2

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