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American Pharoah wins 1st Triple Crown in 37 yrs

American Pharoah

The 37-year wait is over. Finally, another horse has won the Triple Crown.

American Pharoah went into the Belmont as the favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby and blowing out the field in the Preakness States. And he delivered in the Belmont to claim the final jewel in what they call the most exciting six-minutes in sports. The race was not even all that dramatic either as American Pharoah led the entire way and pulled away for an impressive victory in the final stretch.

And it is only fitting that it was an Ahmed Zayat owned horse that was trained by Bob Baffert and jockeyed by Victor Espinoza that finally overcame all of the odds and won the Triple Crown.

Though Zayat has only been buying horses since 2005, Zayat Stables has been one of the biggest and best stables in horse racing over the past decade. Baffert has managed to become a major celebrity despite participating in a very niche’ sport that only gets the national spotlight three days a year. And Espinosa was there just last year trying to win a Triple Crown on California Chrome, and got another shot this year.

Trying to win the Triple Crown was nothing new to Baffert either. In 1997 Silver Charm won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness States but finished second in the Belmont. The next year, the same thing happened to Real Quiet. In 2002, he was only left to wonder what could have happened if War Emblem did not stumble to its knees out of the gate on its attempts to win the Triple Crown.

Velasquez also rode War Emblem.

But today no only does Zayat, or Baffert, or Espinosa get to celebrate their great triumph, the fans of horseracing, the people who have waited so long to see a horse win a Triple Crown have a great memory that will last them forever.

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