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Will 4th time be the charm for UA's Baffert

(Photo courtesy: AP) American Pharoah is the 4th horse Bob Baffert has trained with a shot to win the Triple Crown. (Photo courtesy: AP) American Pharoah is the 4th horse Bob Baffert has trained with a shot to win the Triple Crown.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

American Pharoah went on one final practice run Friday before he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner galloped the 1 1/2-mile oval at Belmont Park under the watchful eye of his owners and trainer Bob Baffert (UA '78).

It's an eight-horse field Saturday as American Pharoah bids to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.

13 other horses have failed to secure the elusive honor since Affirmed, three of those horse were trained by Baffert, the Nogales-native and product of UA's Race Track Industry Program.

Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) all fell short of giving Baffert the Triple Crown.

American Pharoah stood Friday as a 1-to-5 favorite to win the soldout event.

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