Owner Ahmed Zayat said Tuesday he wants to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah run next in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 29.
In an interview with the Blood Horse, Zayat said, "I have made it very clear that I want to go to the Travers. We are motivated by what defines his legacy. If it's up to me, it would be the Travers. I have made my desires known to my trainer. He knows what I want."
After American Pharoah easily won the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday — his first race since winning the Triple Crown — trainer Bob Baffert said "we're just playing it race by race.
"It's hard to keep a horse at that level especially what he's been through. But as long as he's at the top level, I'll lead him up there. I don't care what kind of track. ... He just runs on everything."
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After American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes, Baffert said he wanted two more starts for American Pharoah before the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
The Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds, known as the Midsummer Derby, will increase its purse from $1.25 million to $1.6 million if American Pharoah is running.
The Breeders' Cup Classic is expected to be the final career race for American Pharoah, who will then be retired to Ashford Stud outside Versailles.