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American Pharoah to Be Paraded Stephen Foster Night


By Dick Downey

Photo by Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

American Pharoah will be paraded before fans at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening's "Downs After Dark" when the Stephen Foster Handicap is set.

The annual presentation of engraved trophies earned by the Kentucky Derby's winning owner, trainer, jockey and breeder is traditionally made during the Stephen Foster program, and this year will be no different.

Ahmed Zayat is a dual winner -- he will receive both the solid gold winner's trophy and the smaller sterling silver replica that goes to the winning breeders. Victor Espinoza plans to be at Churchill Downs to personally accept his trophy. Plans for Bob Baffert have not been finalized.

The Stephen Foster Handicap will be televised live by NBC Sports Network. Post time for Saturday's first race is set at 6:00 p.m. ET.

American Pharoah will be brought over from his familiar stall at Barn 33 where he arrived on Sunday from Belmont Park. He will get a few days rest after his sweep of the Triple Crown series.

"I went into this whole thing fairly confident," assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said yesterday after their arrival. "I knew he just needed to get a decent break, come out of the gate and get a fair chance to win it, and that's absolutely what happened.

"The feelings just go on and on; they just don't stop," Barnes said. "Just coming here with the police escort and there were fans on the street waving - it's a lot of roller-coaster emotions."

Barnes said American Pharoah exited the Belmont in good shape.

"He probably had about two bags of carrots, along with his normal feed," Barnes said. "But he came back good. He's happy. For the next four days he'll be walking and then we re-evaluate the horse, see where he's at and if Bob's ready to go back to the track with him," Barnes said. "Seeing how he came out of the race, I would think he would go right back to the track."


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