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American Pharoah pointed to $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2

Horse Racing Triple Crown American PharoahAhmed Zayat, the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has confirmed that his 3-year-old colt will run next in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2. 

Zayat made the announcement through Trainer Bob Baffert said through ESPN that he is pleased with the way American Pharoah has trained since returning to California and is in favor of the decision. 

American Pharoah worked three furlongs in 36.40 seconds at Santa Anita on Monday. 

"We were all waiting to see how American Pharoah worked and for me to give the OK. I liked the way he's training, the way he worked, and how he came out of it very well," Baffert told 

On Thursday at 6:15 Eastern, Baffert Told Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form's Southern California correspindent, "If everything goes well, we'll go there. I'll probably work him on Sunday or Monday. I'll work him right before we go to Del Mar. He just jogged today. With this heat, I want to be careful. He lost some weight, but he put it back on again. That worked perked him up a bit." 

American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he won the June 6 Belmont Stakes in front of a crowd of 90,000 by 5 1/2 lengths. He had previously won the May 16 Preakness in the slop at Pimlico Race Course by seven lengths and the May 2 Kentucky Derby by one length at Churchill Downs. 

"I've decided to do the logical step and run American Pharoah at Monmouth," Zayat said. "I'm trying to create one of the best days racing has ever seen for its fans and one that will also fit the prestige that surrounds American Pharoah. I want it to be a great day for everyone that will celebrate racing." 

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