The Boss On this day, though, Pharoah will be The Boss. “We have a legend here with American Pharoah,” says Dennis Drazen, a management consultant to the track. “People are going to be talking about being there the day American Pharoah ran at Monmouth Park in the Haskell.” Thrilled to have American Pharoah, track officials this week boosted the total purse of the race by $750,000 to a record $1.75 million. The winner’s share is $1.1 million. A record crowd approaching 60,000 is expected. A three-day “Pharoah Phan Phestival” began on Friday, with giveaways, contests and a chance for fans to watch American Pharoah on his morning gallops. About 5,000 showed up Friday. The Triple Crown winner is the overwhelming 1-5 favourite in an eight-horse field going 11/8 miles. “He has so many fans,” says trainer Bob Baffert, who said his wife, Jill, told him that a little TV was tuned in to the Belmont at the beauty salon she goes to in Beverly Hills, California. “There’s people in front of his barn in the mornings and people watching him gallop and cheering for him every time. It’s fun to really share him with the fans.” From the moment American Pharoah won the Belmont, Zayat hasn’t wavered in his desire to keep racing his prized horse – even though he’s sold the breeding rights for what could be as much as $30 million, with a stud fee that could be in the $100,000 range. NEW JERSEY (AP): From a beauty salon in Beverly Hills to an intersection in Zurich, people are talking about American Pharoah. Derek Jeter. Carrie Underwood. Drew Brees. Even Cheech and Chong. All have chatted up either the owner, trainer or jockey of American Pharoah in the weeks after the horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. “He’s captured the imagination of the nation,” says Ahmed Zayat, the effusive Egyptian owner who travels the world on business and resides in Teaneck, New Jersey. “More than just a nation, if I dare say.” Today, American Pharoah returns to the races in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, the Jersey Shore track a few furlongs from the home of rocker Bruce Springsteen, whose classic Born to Run has become the Haskell pre-race anthem.
The government and people of Liberia have been receiving commendations locally, regionally, continentally and even globally for the level of progress being made thus far in the fight against the horrendous Ebola Virus Disease that has traumatized the nation and its neighbors since February this year.One African leader to add his voice to those that have commended the Liberian people for their resilience and courage is the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubaca Keita.The Malian leader said that he is upbeat about the level of leadership demonstrated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the fight against the Ebola virus disease, describing it as “exemplary”.He made the commendation over the weekend when he paid a daylong solidarity visit to President Sirleaf and the Liberian people. During a press stakeout with the Liberian President in the foyer of the Foreign Ministry that houses the President’s office, President Keita said he felt compelled to pay a solidarity visit to Liberia in return for what President Sirleaf did for his country when she worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) African Bureau when he was then Prime Minister.He said during Madam Sirleaf’s tenure as UNDP Africa Regional Director General, she approved a lot of aid funding for the development of his country. “Though we have been talking on the phone since the Ebola outbreak, I would have never felt relieved if I had not personally come to Liberia to see her,” the Malian President said. President Keita said he has seen the progress with his own eyes and will not hesitate to tell the people of Mali that Liberia had made huge gains in the fight against Ebola and soon the virus will be history in Liberia.He extended appreciation, on behalf of the Malian people, to the Government and people of Liberia as well as international partners for working together to contain the Ebola outbreak.He also thanked President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for their political and military intervention that has now brought peace and stability to his country.Liberia currently has a small Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) infantry platoon as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.Speaking earlier, President Sirleaf thanked her Malian counterpart for remaining engaged with Liberia during its health crisis. “Though you have been on the phone all the time with me on the crisis, you thought it wise to come on the ground to demonstrate your solidarity to us as a country and the Liberian people greatly appreciate you for your solidarity,” the Liberia leader told President Keita.She attributed the gains made in the Ebola fight to the resilience of the Liberian people and international partners for what she described as “good collaborative efforts”.President Keita is the second African leader to pay a solidarity visit to Liberia since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the first being Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who is also chairman of the sub-regional organization, Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS). The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and other leaders have also paid solidarity visits to Liberia since the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)