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Belmont Stakes: American Pharoah works out

Belmont Stakes: American Pharoah works outTriple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out for his first gallop since winning the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez said the 3-year-old colt "didn’t seem like he was tired or anything" as he went about a mile.

American Pharoah, owned by Teaneck resident Ahmed Zayat, won the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and the Preakness last Saturday.

He is preparing for the Belmont Stakes on June 6, when he will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 and 12th all time to sweep the Triple Crown.

American Pharoah is expected to have two timed workouts at Churchill Downs before he’s sent to New York on June 3.

"It went very nice," said Jimmy Barnes, trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant said of Friday’s workout. "He’s perfect — just the way he always is — so we’ll gallop a little bit further maybe [today], and then by Sunday we’ll be back to his normal gallop at a mile-and-a-half."

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