Texas Red was no match for the brilliance of American Pharoah when the pair met as juveniles in last September's FrontRunner (G1) at Santa Anita. But the son of Afleet Alex was lanky and unfurnished way back when. Fast forward to the Travers (G1), and trainer Keith Desormeaux notes that Texas Red...|
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Trainer Rick Violette continues to do his Hamlet impression regarding Upstart's status for the Travers (G1). After expressing doubt last weekend about running his charge against American Pharoah, the horsemen entered Upstart, and is now playing the waiting game before a final decision. "My horse...|
While many observers have explained that the lack of a really speedy pace rival plays into American Pharoah's hands, there is a contrarian voice out there: Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of Travers (G1) rival Frosted. "My thought process is that if there's no pace, he's (Pharoah) going to set the...|
When pondering what circumstances would have to conspire to make Saratoga the "Graveyard of Champions" for American Pharoah, I was reduced to the most far-fetched fancies. If you'll bear with those as a light-hearted preamble, there are three legitimate possibilities at the end. So without...|
American Pharoah, who arrived at Saratoga Wednesday, turned in his first gallop at the Spa early Thursday morning and later schooled in the paddock. Throughout his activity, the Triple Crown champion continues to exude confidence ahead of Saturday's Travers (G1). "Boy, he was happy on the track...|
August 27, 2015 Despite 1-to-5 odds on American Pharoah, neither Ed DeRosa nor James Scully are willing to pick against the Triple Crown champion in the Travers Stakes. Both seek value underneath by beating one of the other Grade 1 winners--either Frosted or Texas Red—underneath.|
By Dick Powell The historic Travers Stakes (G1) will be run for the 146th time on Saturday and despite the naysayers, me included, Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) will be in the starting gate at 5:46 p.m. (ET). The race will be televised nationally on NBC and their...|
For some the Travers will be an exhibition. The Triple Crown champion is running in the most prestigious race for three-year-olds outside of that Triple Crown championship, and his race against the historical records of the 11 who came before him is enough juice for some racing fans. Not for me,...|