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American Pharoah will race Breeders' Cup, and owner should be praised

American Pharoah will race Breeders' Cup, and owner should be praised

It was understandable that Ahmed Zayat’s thoughts turned swiftly toward retiring American Pharoah after the colt’s loss Saturday in the Travers Stakes. Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert have spoken for months of wanting to protect American Pharoah’s legacy as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. And there’s the more practical matter of protecting his value in the breeding shed, where he’ll work for Coolmore Ashford Stud. No one would have lambasted Zayat for taking the conservative route. But we should praise him for announcing Thursday to ESPN and the Daily Racing Form that his brilliant horse will remain in training with an eye on the Oct. 31...

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