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After Pharoah's Loss, Owner Might Retire Him

After Pharoah's Loss, Owner Might Retire Him

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Maybe it was jet lag. Maybe it was because he got bumped a half-dozen times. Maybe the great horse simply had an off day. Or maybe American Pharoah spent too much of his champion's spirit fending off Frosted. Ahmed Zayat didn't know the precise answer Saturday after his Triple Crown champion was beaten in the Travers Stakes by Keen Ice, but the emotional owner of American Pharoah said he intended to find out on the plane ride home. He would talk to trainer Bob Baffert at length. He would talk to jockey Victor Espinoza at length. He sounded like he would talk to Pharoah himself if the horse could talk. And then he will decide when — and if...

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