American Pharoah 'on course' for 1st race since Triple Crown

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert says American Pharoah is ''right on course'' for his first race since winning the Triple Crown after a longer-than-expected run in California.

Baffert also says he thinks the 3-year-old colt is ''getting faster'' after working six furlongs in 1:11.00 at Del Mar on Thursday. American Pharoah is set to return to racing Aug. 2 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

American Pharoah was expected to go five furlongs, but Del Mar clockers gave him the time for six because he was still going strong under workout jockey Martin Garcia. The time came five days after American Pharoah worked six furlongs in 1:11.40.

Baffert says he will go with a five-day schedule and American Pharoah will be ''ready to go'' for the Haskell.

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