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Retirement on the cards for Pharoah
30 Aug 2015 11:11
American Triple Crown hero American Pharoah could now be retired after his shock defeat in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday.
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A capacity attendance of 50,000 racegoers were stunned into silence as Bob Baffert's colt, ridden by Victor Espinoza, could only finish second behind Keen Ice in the Grade One over a mile and a quarter.
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American Pharoah had been expected to march on to the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland in October, but he could now take up stallion duties at Ashford Stud, near Lexington, earlier than anticipated.
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Owner Ahmed Zayat, who has sold the horse's breeding rights to Coolmore but retains ownership and decision-making through 2015, said: "Have I pushed the envelope too much?
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"He was happy and he's special and he is the Triple Crown winner.
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"Then you have to ask yourself, 'Is the show over? Is it time?'
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"My gut feeling right now, without being outspoken, is to retire him.
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"If this horse is one percent not the American Pharoah that we cherish, the show's over."
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