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American Pharoah to return to Santa Anita

American Pharoah walks down the track during Downs

American Pharoah walks down the track during Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs on June 13, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Dylan Buell

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah is scheduled to take an 8 a.m. equine charter flight on Thursday from Louisville International Airport to Ontario International Airport in Southern California, according to a Churchill Downs release.

Trainer Bob Baffert, assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes and exercise rider Georgie Alvarez will accompany the colt back to Santa Anita.

Last Saturday, owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat all but guaranteed that Pharoah's next race will be the Haskell on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.

According to multiple reports, Del Mar, near San Diego, is trying to lure the 3-year-old superstar to the Aug. 22 Pacific Classic, which is open to older horses.

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