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Pharoah Ships Well to NY


Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah arrived in New York safe and sound on Tuesday afternoon and took up residence in Barn 1 on the Belmont Park backstretch.

"He shipped really well," said Bob Baffert. "I think he looked really well for what he's been through -- all of the shipping. He's keeping his weight the same; I don't think he's lost any weight. He looks like a horse that's run in two big races, but I think his energy level is good. I could tell by walking him around the barn that he still feels pretty strong. Hopefully he'll just keep that through the next few days."

American Pharoah will get his first look at the Belmont main track at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

"We're really looking forward to the Belmont," said Baffert. "The Derby was really stressful, but once we got through that we really enjoyed Pimlico. As long as the horse is doing well, our body language is going to be pretty good. If the race was tomorrow, we're ready to go."

Baffert is cautiously optimistic about his colt's chances.

"He's a horse I've never had to talk people into how good he is," he said. "I've been wowed by the way he trains all winter and in the spring, and he continues to show his stuff. When I lead him over, I sort of feel like I have an edge, but coming in here and going one-and-a-half miles, it's a completely different story. We don't know how any of them are going to handle it because none of them have been that far. We just hope and dream from here on out."


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