Meet the Contenders: 2023 American Pharoah Stakes
Meet the horses running in the 2023 American Pharoah Stakes. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well.
#1 Rothschild ***
Pro: Beat a couple of these rather convincingly in maiden score two back.
Con: Dull trailer in six-horse Del Mar Futurity (G1); more obviously needed.
#2 Muth *****
Pro: Found only star stablemate Prince of Monaco too much in Del Mar Futurity.
Con: Will this very fast colt have the temperament to last 1 1/16m?
#3 Next Level ***
Pro: Third in Del Mar Futurity at long odds not bad, given his maiden status.
Con: Winless from three tries and likely needs easier.
#4 Wine Me Up ****
Pro: Led throughout in debut win sprinting, but bred to appreciate distance.
Con: Barn off to a bit of a slow start at Santa Anita this fall.
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#5 Raging Torrent **
Pro: Avoids Prince of Monaco, who decisively beat him twice at Del Mar.
Con: Has been found wanting so far as the distances have increased.
#6 Be You **
Pro: Outfinished highly rated stablemate Locked when second in Saratoga debut.
Con: Form of his maiden debut took a beating in sub-par Hopeful (G1).
#7 Indispensable **
Pro: Distant third in debut against a couple of these; eligible to improve.
Con: No match for either Rothschild or El Magnifico last time; needs better.
#8 El Magnifico **
Pro: Son of Street Sense has room to improve stretching out to two turns.
Con: Well beaten by Muth and Rothschild; still a maiden.