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American Pharoah Owner Says Horse Will Run Again This Year

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American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat plans for his Triple Crown-winning horse to run again in 2015.

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Pharoah, which won horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978, has already been sold to Coolmore Ashford Stud for breeding purposes. But Zayat says the breeder has “zero say” in what happens to the horse until it retires.

Zayat will let trainer Bob Baffert construct a schedule for Pharoah to figure out when the horse is ready to run again. The Breeders’ Cup Classic in October could be a potential target, with its $5 million in prize money looming large. Zayat has an expensive insurance policy that would protect him should anything happen to Pharoah before it can start breeding.

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Supposedly, Zayat has no financial motivation in the matter, he just wants to watch his majestic beast race one more time:

“We are not thinking here of value or money,’’ he said. “When the horse is ready, we will not be scared of running him to lose or not. It’s all about the fans and this belongs to history.’’

Surely, the horse would rather be having sex.

[ESPN]

Photo: Associated Press

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