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American Pharoah to arrive at Saratoga Wednesday

Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh stands as people

Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh stands as people take photographs and video in the stables at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Del Mar, Calif. Photo Credit: AP / Lenny Ignelzi

Trainer Bob Baffert said American Pharoah was "a happy guy'' yesterday morning at Del Mar, and the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to arrive Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course.

"He looks great today,'' said Baffert, who wanted to make sure the colt had bounced back well from Sunday's impressive 7-furlong workout before giving the final OK to run in Saturday's $1.6-million Travers Stakes.

"He came out of it really well,'' Baffert said. "He got new shoes today. He's got his new Nikes on, so he's ready. We're getting real excited about it. It's going to be fun.''

As usual, assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes will accompany Pharoah on the flight from Southern California, with Baffert scheduled to arrive Thursday.

Post positions for the 146th running of the Travers will be drawn on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at a restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs.

As they did before the Belmont Stakes, trainer John Terranova III and his wife, assistant trainer Tonja Terranova, will be hosting American Pharoah. The Syosset residents know that the scene surrounding the superstar will be stressful, but they are looking forward to being part of history again.

"We're ready,'' John Terranova said. "We're thrilled he's coming. It's going to be a lot of fun. Hopefully, everything goes well, he ships in healthy and safe and we get another chance at seeing the super horse around us. It's special for us just to be around a horse like that.''

Baffert has known Tonja Terranova, who grew up in California, for about 30 years, and he met her husband in 1991. Since 1993, the Terranovas have stabled and often saddled many of the stakes-winners that the Hall of Famer shipped to Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.

"We've seen a lot of good ones, and Bob has had a lot of good ones we've been real close to,'' John Terranova said, "but we never got to see something like this. We'll do whatever we need to do to make things go as smooth as they can.''


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