Triple Crown winner works at Del Mar; next race undecided

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown champion American Pharoah worked a half-mile Sunday at Del Mar under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat.

The 3-year-old colt was timed in 47.60 seconds under Martin Garcia, who rides American Pharoah in the mornings.

Baffert says the colt benefited from fewer horses on the track because it allowed him to relax. The track was closed for 10 minutes except for American Pharoah and horses set to run in next weekend’s Pacific Classic.

About 800 people were on hand to see American Pharoah, and they cheered as he came down the stretch.

Garcia says the colt was “just cruising” and he seems to be improving.

American Pharoah’s next start has not been announced, although Zayat is considering the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29.