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American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown

Added on: June 9, 2015

On Saturday June 6th 2015, American Pharaoh became the twelfth ever horse to win the Triple Crown. This is often considered one of the most elusive feats in horse racing, and quite possibly in all sports from around the world and the last winner to complete this feat occurred almost four decades ago. The Triple Crown actually consists of the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby. The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the Triple Crown.

American Pharaoh is owned by Zayat Stables, trained by Hall of Famer, Bob Baffert and was ridden on the day by Victor Espinoza. The last such victory came in 1978 when Steve Cauthen won on a horse called Affirmed. The previous year also saw a Triple Crown winner in Seattle Slew, ridden by Jean Cruguet. Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat to victory in 1973 and previous Triple Crown winners occurred in 1948, 1946, 1943, 1941, 1937, 1930 and 1919.

Some horses have come close to winning the treble, but only managed the Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes doubles. A total of 24 horses have managed this feat since 1932. California Chrome won the double in 2014. I’ll Have Another won in 2012. Other Double Winners included Big Brown (2008), Smarty Jones (2004), Funny Cide (2003) and War Emblem (2002). Other double winners occurred in 1999, 1998, 1997, 1989, 1987, 1981, 1979, 1971, 1969, 1978, 1966, 1964, 1961, 1958, 1944, 1936 and 1932.

Speaking about this latest victory was trainer Bob Baffert. He said, “Down the backside he was in his groove and I knew he's a great horse and he was going to do it. He's just a great horse. It takes a great horse to do (win the Triple Crown). He finished by saying, “I could tell by the eighth pole it was going to happen and all I did was just take in the crowd. It was thundering.” These words came from CNN.

A total of 90,000 spectators had turned out to watch the 1 ½ mile race. This was a tightly run race, but American Pharaoh was slightly ahead for the vast majority of the race. Mubtaahij came in fourth, Keen Ice came in third and the runner up in the 147th Belmont Stakes was Frosted. You can find out more details and statistics about the race by visiting the official Belmont Stakes website.