Trainer Bob Baffert, who truly seems to be humbled by American Pharoah's ability, said that the horse was a little amped in the paddock and he knew the pace would be fast. And the speed came with the ringing of a bell and the clanging of an opening starting gate. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith's horse, Competitive Edge, racing two turns for the first time, broke smartly and took the lead as expected with American Pharoah stalking him about a length behind and Mr Jordan, another speed horse, just behind him.
Copyright August 6, 2015 by Loren Schumacher
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**Another version of this story appeared in HorseCollaborative.com 8/7/15