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Bob Baffert

American Pharoah leaves his multitude of fans for stud life

Bob Baffert began his final full day as American Pharoah's trainer by walking the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner into the middle of an adoring crowd outside his Keeneland barn.

More than 200 people, many clutching cameras, pressed close to the thoroughbred, who stayed remarkably calm as always despite the tumult. Hands reached out to pet the champ. Some people cried while others presented him with his favorite snack of peeled baby carrots.

American Pharoah seemed to be enjoying his first full day of retirement Sunday.

"This horse is so special, that's why I shared him with everybody," Baffert said. "He loves people. That's why he has such...