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Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completes final pre-race work

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert flew in from California to observe the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile   in his second recorded work since a victory in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), that win on the heels of a May 2 score in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). On May 26 American Pharoah went four furlongs in :48 at the Louisville track.

On June 1 the bay colt was clocked in :25 for the opening quarter-mile, :36 3/5 for three furlongs, and :48 3/5 for a half-mile. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:13, seven furlongs in 1:26, and one mile in 1:39 3/5, according to Churchill officials, and impressed viewers with his powerful and smooth action.

"Everything went really well today," Baffert said. "I was worried about the rain a little bit, but the track was in perfect shape. He went around there really nice. (The rain) sort of let up a little bit when he worked.

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