Amer­i­can Pharoah to ap­pear at Santa Anita

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Bill Dwyre

Rac­ing’s much- cel­e­brated 12th Triple Crown win­ner, Amer­i­can Pharoah, will pa­rade for the crowd at Santa Anita on Satur­day, be­tween the sev­enth and eighth races.

Pharoah, who be­came the first thor­ough­bred in 37 years, since Af­firmed in 1978, to win all three legs of the sport’s cov­eted Triple Crown with his June 6 vic­tory in the Bel­mont Stakes, will make his way through the track’s Se­abis­cuit pad­dock area and then on to the main track.

He will even­tu­ally reach the win­ners’ cir­cle, where trainer Bob Baf­fert, jockey Vic­tor Espinoza and other mem­bers of his con­nec­tion will join the cel­e­bra­tion. Then Amer­i­can Pharoah will walk the home­stretch in front of the grand­stand, to come closer to the fans, en route to Baf­fert’s barn.

Amer­i­can Pharoah is ex­pected to race at least twice more, in­clud­ing the $ 5- mil­lion Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic at Keeneland, Ky., be­fore re­tir­ing to stud at the end of his 3- year- old ca­reer.

Satur­day’s rac­ing will fea­ture the $ 500,000 Gold Cup and three ad­di­tional graded stakes.

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