SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – American Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert says the Triple Crown winner’s workout was really smooth. He could tell Pharoah liked the track. He was floating around like he usually does and that’s a sign that he’s looking forward to heading into tomorrow’s Travers.
After Friday morning’s mile and a half gallop, Bob Baffert has full confidence in
“When he got out there, he really was happy,” said Bob Baffert, trainer.
The Triple Crown winner enters the Travers as the 1-5 favorite but he’ll be facing a field which his trainer believes mirrors a “mini Kentucky derby.”
“That’s what you want to see this time of year. That’s what the Travers is all about,” said Baffert.
Yet the Travers has also been about taking down the greatest of horses, hence the nickname, ‘the graveyard of Champions.’ Only one Triple Crown winner has captured the illustrious race. The hall of famer says times have changed and you can’t compare today’s horses with yesterday’s.
“On short rest, he’s been able to come back and keep doing it and I think that’s what’s really made him so popular,” said Baffert.
So popular, Baffert calls him a superstar pet.
“I feel like I’m protecting the president of the United States. Like I’m the secret service guy who makes sure nothing happens to him,” he said.
However, that protection ends once the starting gate opens, leaving the champ exposed to the will of the track.
“You can’t be afraid to get beat. As long as the Pharaoh runs his race, that’s what we’re looking for,” he said.
Baffert says when Pharoah’s gone, he’ll look back and think he should have slept at the barn and spent more time with him. As for tomorrow, the champ will sleep-in and chill, as will his trainer.