American Pharoah wire-to-wire in the Del Mar Futurity
September 03, 2014 09:31pm
American Pharoah Del Mar Futurity 615 X 400
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Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, a maiden who finished a well-beaten fifth in his only race August 9,  was hustled to the lead after the break by jockey Victor Espinoza and never looked back as he won the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity in brilliant fashion on closing day of the 2014 Del Mar summer racing season Wednesday.  

Becoming only the second maiden in the long history of the stakes event for two-year-olds to win, American Pharoah drew off in the stretch to score by almost five lengths in 1:21.48, the fastest Futurity since ultimate juvenile champion Declan's Moon set the standard of 1:21.29 in 2004.

Go West Young Man was the previous non-winner to win the Futurity, accomplishing the rare feat in l977. 

Calculator, a 15-1 longshot, was second, 8 lengths in front of third-place Iron Fist, with Skyway, the 2-1 favorite after his triumph in the Best Pal Stakes this summer, another half-length back in fourth in the field of nine two-year-olds. 

American Pharoah, a son of Pioneerof the Nile, gave trainer Bob Baffert an amazing record 12th success in the Futurity. 

“Bob (trainer Bob Baffert) called me this morning and said ‘Whatever you do, put him on the lead,’" said Espinoza. "He broke a little slow, but I encouraged him and he made the front. Once he made the lead, I could feel he has that high cruising speed. He’s a nice horse. He looks like a nice horse and he feels like one. He could be a good one.” 

Second choice in the wagering, American Pharoah returned $8.40, $5.80 and $4 while earning a prize of $180,000. Calculator paid $11.60 and $5.40, while Iron Fist returned $3.80 to show.  

Source: Del Mar 


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