As Time Goes By (American Pharoah) winning the G3 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos

More Group Success for American Pharoah’s As Time Goes By

Bob Baffert is hopeful As Time Goes By (4m American Pharoah x Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) will remain in training next year as a five year-old as he believes she can win a Group I after racking up another Graded victory on Sunday.

A homebred for the Coolmore partners, As Time Goes By scored a stylish length and a quarter win in the Group III Bayakoa Stakes (1 and 1/16th m) at Los Alamitos.

She raced on the pace at a blistering speed and was strongly challenged by runner-up Warren’s Showtime, but repelled that rival to score her fifth win from 12 starts taking her prizemoney tally to $535,600.

“I love this filly. I love [wife] Jill number one and this filly number two,” said Bob Baffert.

“My two favorite girls. They went so fast early, I was afraid of the runner-up who is a really good horse, and I was hoping [As Time Goes By] would have something left.

“I’ve always been high on her. I’m hoping she runs as a 5-year-old because I’d really like to win a Grade I with her and I know she can. Her owners said if she’s doing well they will keep her in training.”

One of 23 stakes-winners worldwide by American Pharoah, As Time Goes By comes with an impressive pedigree.

She is a half-sister to Champion US 3YO Colt Will Take Charge and Group I winner Take Charge Indy being the last recorded foal from 2013 US Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, a triple Group I winner that is also the grand-dam of multiple Group I winners Take Charge Brandi and Omaha Beach.

American Pharoah is currently in Australia finishing his fifth season here at a fee of $49,500.