American Pharoah -Triple Crown Champion!
Following a 37-year draught, horse racing has a Triple Crown Winner. In winning the Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 6, American Pharoah became only the 12th horse in 147-years to capture one of sport’s most difficult athletic achievements: winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. From Belmont Park to the standing room only crowd of Turf Paradise’s Clubhouse and throughout the horse-racing world, fans began cheering as the eight-horse Belmont Stakes field was loaded into the starting gate. The cheering grew quickly louder. There would be no shot of hearing this race call. But that didn’t seem to matter. Was this going to be the year? Fourteen other horses had been in this position before – winning the first two legs of the Crown – only to fail in the third and final leg, the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah’s trainer, Nogales, Arizona native Bob Baffert had been in this position three previous times, with Indian Charlie, War Emblem and Real Quiet, only to fall short. American Pharoah’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, had also been in the enviable position with a shot at glory twice before, and as recently as last year with California Chrome, only to emulate Baffert and fail. Why should this year, this American Pharoah horse, be any different?..... Read More
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