If you want to watch Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah's dress rehearsal for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, log on to www.kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live from 8:30-8:45 a.m. Monday morning at 8:30. If you can't catch the workout live, clips will be uploaded onto the Kentucky Derby YouTube channel.
Churchill Downs executive Darren Rogers said trainer Bob Baffert informed the track Saturday by text that Ahmed Zayat's superstar will breeze 4 furlongs, just as he did six days ago. Baffert said American Pharoah will gallop again Sunday. On Tuesday, the colt is scheduled to take a flight to New York that will leave Louisville about 10:30 a.m. He and his entourage are expected to arrive at Belmont Park early that afternoon.
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Baffert was expected to arrive in Louisville Saturday night to supervise his 12-horse stable at Churchill. While the Hall of Famer has been at his Santa Anita base, his longtime assistant, Jimmy Barnes, has been running the show in Kentucky.
"We're back to our normal training routine and he looked good again," Barnes said. "We feel no nerves, we're just doing our job. We get more anxious the closer we get to the race, but there's a difference between nervous and anxious."
American Pharoah galloped 1 miles, the Belmont distance, for exercise rider Georgie Alvarez Saturday morning on Churchill's fast main track. It took about seven minutes, roughly 4 minutes longer than "The Test of the Champion" will require.
"He was a little more aggressive today and wanted to do more," Alvarez said, "but I just kept doing my thing. It was another good day. I'm feeling more excited than nervous. We just feel that we have the right horse and he's doing well. We're all feeling positive."
The field for the 147th Belmont stands at 10 three days before Wednesday's post-position draw at Rockefeller Center. It would be the smallest since Summer Bird defeated nine opponents in 2009.
Notes & quotes: Belmont contender Keen Ice galloped two miles on Churchill's main track. Trainer Dale Romans said his colt will breeze a half-mile Tuesday morning before accompanying American Pharoah to New York . . . Trainer Todd Pletcher has three potential Belmont entries -- Carpe Diem, Materiality and Madefromlucky -- but hasn't named a jockey on any of them. John Velazquez will be on one, Javier Castellano on another, and Pletcher hasn't named a third rider . . . At Belmont, Tale of Verve (59.02 seconds) and Mubtaahij (1:00.97) breezed 5 furlongs in their final works . . . At Saratoga, Frammento went 4 furlongs in 48.15 seconds.