Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, will arrive in New Jersey this afternoon as announced by Monmouth Park yesterday, Tuesday, July 28. According to the Blood-Horse, the colt is scheduled to touch down at Atlantic City International Airport at 2 p.m. Eastern time and then be transported to Monmouth Park racetrack where he is entered to race in the the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) this Sunday.
The 3-year-old bay colt by Pioneer of the Nile out of the Yankee Gentleman mare, Littleprincessemma, will gallop over the main track on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Clubhouse will be open to the public, free of charge, from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. so that equestrian fans can see the Triple Crown champion and the other contenders in action on the track.
Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development, operator of Monmouth Park racetrack, said in an exclusive statement to atombash.com today: “There is nothing like being at the track with the sun coming up, birds chirping, gentle breezes and a great champion Triple Crown winner galloping on our racetrack preparing for the Haskell.”
Christine Connelly, owner of Bright View Farm in Chesterfield and recipient of the 2014 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) award for New Jersey, was at Monmouth Park early this morning to visit with her racehorses and noticed an air of excitement all over the track. “Things are already bustling at Monmouth Park,” Connelly remarked. “Everyone is already in hyper mode and the place looks fantastic. The barns look great and there were workers doing some last minute fence painting. I had to go into the racing office for some business and there was a lot of activity inside as well.”
American Pharoah’s final workout took place Tuesday morning at Del Mar racetrack in California as preparation for $1 million race on August 2. According to reports yesterday the colt breezed four furlongs over the fast main track in :48 4/5 with jockey Martin Garcia in the saddle. It was American Pharoah’s third work in the last 10 days.
“We are just trying to keep him in good form,” said Bob Baffert, who conditions the horse for Zayat Stables LLC. “My job is to keep him healthy and ready for anything in front of him. The horse tells us when he is ready.”
In addition to American Pharoah, the likely field for the 48th edition of the Haskell includes: Competitive Edge, Mr. Jordan, Keen Ice, Tekton, Top Clearance, and War Story. The Haskell will be telecast live from 5-6 p.m. on NBC.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. on race day, with first post at 11:30 a.m.
For more information visit www.monmouthpark.com or www.thehaskell.com.
After the Haskell, Bob Baffert said that American Pharoah will head back to Del Mar, but the conditioner would not comment on further racing plans.