Triple Crown winner American Pharoah looked very sharp Tuesday morning at Santa Anita, breezing 6 furlongs in a snappy 1:10.80 in what trainer Bob Baffert called "the last serious drill of his life." Baffert said, "He looked fantastic, and I really feel good about the way he's coming into this race." The colt is scheduled to arrive next Tuesday at Keeneland, where he will run Oct. 31 in his career finale, the 11/2-mile Breeders' Cup Classic.
The news for one of Pharoah's leading challengers, the 5-year-old mare Beholder, was not good. Bloodhorse.com reported that after arriving Monday at Keeneland, Beholder did not train Tuesday because her temperature was about a degree above normal. "We are concerned," trainer Richard Mandella said, "but we're hoping it's no big deal." Beholder missed last year's Breeders' Cup because of a fever.
Pre-entries for all of the Cup races will be announced Wednesday.