Champion American Pharoah returned to the worktab Monday for the first time since he was scratched from the November 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) with an injury.
Based with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita, American Pharoah went three-eighths in :36 1/5. Martin Garcia was aboard for the move.
Plans call for the Zayat Stables homebred to make his reappearance in the March 14 Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn.
For more details, see the story on Brisnet.com.
In other news from the Derby trail:
The Baffert-trained Lord Nelson edged Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red in Sunday's San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita (click here for the Brisnet recap). The seven-furlong event is not a scoring race toward the Kentucky Derby (G1), and both were using it as a stepping stone to points races.
Ocean Knight got up in time to deny Divining Rod in Saturday's Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, another non-scoring race. It serves as a stepping stone to the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), which will offer 50 Derby points to the winner.
Sham (G3) romper Calculator has been knocked off the Triple Crown trail due to an undisclosed injury. Trainer Peter Miller told Daily Racing Form that the sophomore will be sidelined for six months, and could return to racing in the fall.