American Pharoah Sharp Again in FrontRunner

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September 27, 2014 07:11pm
American Pharoah wins 2014 FrontRunner.
Photo: Benoit Photo
American Pharoah led all the way to win the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes for 2-year-olds by 3 1/4 lengths for trainer Bob Baffert, who won the race for the seventh time.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.95 and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.20 as the 1-2 favorite. A son of Pioneerof the Nile, he was trying two turns for the first time.

"The horse just has that extra `something,'" Baffert said. "What a performance. You're always hoping for that but you never know."

American Pharoah earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile field with his second win in three career starts.

“All the way he was on a high cruising speed," said winning rider Espinoza. "He has such a long stride. He moves really nice and is light on his feet. When the other horse, (Calculator) got close to me, I encouraged my horse a little. He’s a young so I want to teach him that when he hits the stretch it’s time to go. I did, and he moved three or four lengths in front. He’s one of the best 3-year-olds right now.”

Calculator returned $6.60 and $4, while Texas Red was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $4.20 to show. Lord Nelson, also trained by Baffert, was fourth.  

Source: Santa Anita Park

 

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