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American Pharoah returns to racing Sunday in Haskell

American Pharoah returns to racing Sunday in Haskell

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is leaving nothing to chance as American Pharoah returns to competition for the first time since the colt became the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years. Baffert worked racing's long-awaited superstar six times in preparation for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park, including three drills in a demanding 10-day span. He also promises to consume what he believes is a lucky hot dog at Max's Famous Hot Dogs in Long Branch, N.J., a few hours before the field of eight enters the starting gate for the 1 1/8-mile contest. Whatever Baffert's key to success — he swears by the stop at Max's — he is...

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