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The crowd on both sides of the paddock chute chanted.

"Thank. You. Bob."

"Thank. You. Bob."

"Thank. You. Bob.

Bob Baffert, grasping his son Bode with his left hand, waved with his right. As the chant faded, Baffert walked to the end of the chute and made a left to go to the box seats.

Told it was great for the fans to have American Pharoah in Saratoga, Baffert agreed, then the Hall of Fame trainer uttered a caveat.

"Yeah," Baffert said, looking down. "I just hope I don't have to say, I should have gone to Parx."

The Travers Stakes loomed in minutes and Baffert was thinking about the decision to forgo the Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 19 at Parx and bring the Triple Crown winner to Saratoga, 27 days after winning the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Eight minutes and 29 seconds later, Baffert indeed had to say it, turning away from the racetrack, "That's a shame, man. We should have gone to Parx."

American Pharoah had been vanquished.

Pressured by third-choice Frosted throughout the 10-furlong journey, American Pharoah shook off Frosted twice, but succumbed to Keen Ice in the waning strides of the Travers. Owned by Donegal Racing, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Javier Castellano, Keen Ice pulled off a $34 shocker in the Travers.

To read the rest of the Travers Stakes recap, download Sunday's digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Keeneland.

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