American Pharoah finally broke the three-plus decade drought as he becomes the 12th Triple Crown winner in history at Belmont Stakes today.
By Robby Sabo
If you didn’t see it with your own eyes you wouldn’t have believed it.
After decades of frustration for Horse Racing fans, today, the 37-year drought has been lifted.
American Pharoah went wire-to-wire today at the Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown.
Jockey Victor Espinoza, trainer Bob Baffert, and the entire Zayat family are all now celebrating with this brilliant and beautiful horse.
Although he didn’t come out of the gates great, Espinoza took the same tact he did at the Preakness. He allowed Pharoah to bust out quickly and stay where he feels most comfortable: out in front with the lead.
A little past the half-mark, Frosted stayed close. As the horses came down the stretch, Pharoah separated himself from Frosted and Mubtaahij (who was passed by Keen Ice for Show by a nose).
At the three-quarter mark, there was little doubt that the people at Belmont would witness history.
Belmont Stakes Finish:
- American Pharoah (Win)
- Frosted (Place)
- Keen Ice (Show)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 6, 2015
— Covers (@Covers) June 6, 2015
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 6, 2015
Now, the only thing left for American Pharoah is to be put out to stud – which by the way isn’t a too shabby life post-racing.
Today was a win for those who believe the Triple Crown is something special. A loss for those who curse out the system, and believe some take “the cowards way out” by not racing in all three races.
Folks, special trophies deserve special winners. American Pharoah is exactly that, special.
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