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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tours Monmouth Park

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OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took an easy tour of the track at Monmouth Park on Thursday morning, another step toward the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.

The colt was taken for a slow, one-mile jog on his first trip over the surface for Sunday's race. American Pharoah will the heavy favorite to win in his first start since sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner.

American Pharoah stepped out on the track shortly after 7:30 a.m. and hugged the outer fence down the backstretch and grandstand rail, where fans gathered to snap cellphone shots.

Back at the barn, he alertly posed for photos after receiving a bath on the warm morning under the supervision of Jimmy Barnes, Bob Baffert's assistant trainer.

"He had a very high energy level this morning," Barnes said. "We couldn't be happier. The first day, we usually do something very light and we gave him a good look at the place."

Barnes said American Pharoah would have a more vigorous gallop Friday morning.

"He's a very well-mannered horse," Barnes said. "It makes it very easy to travel with him and experience new places."

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tours Monmouth Park
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza rides atop American Pharoah #5 during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the pack during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the win American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of the paddock during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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