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American Pharoah runs away with Haskell win

By: John Galletley

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American Pharoah already made history earlier this year by capturing the illustrious Triple Crown. With nothing left to gain, he raced for the first time since winning the Belmont Stakes and looked as dominant as ever doing it.

He was able to get himself in a comfortable position throughout the race, being in second place for more than half the race just behind Competitive Edge. American Pharoah was holding back and waiting for the right moment to strike while preventing others behind him from passing him.

Like a veteran jockey, Victor Espinoza chose the perfect time on the far turn to grab the lead from Competitive Edge. What was even more impressive was that it only took one burst for American Pharoah to grab a secure lead. Once that happened, Espinoza smartly pulled him back in order to use a minimal amount of energy. American Pharoah ended up winning by just 2 1/4 lengths but could have easily won by much more.

American Pharoah’s odds to win the Haskell Invitational was 1/9 at post time. The way he ran in this race, he certainly lived up to the odds on him.

Some people were concerned that American Pharoah would still be tired from running the three races in the Triple Crown in such a short amount of time, despite his last race being eight weeks ago. That concern was tossed out the window after this race, as he looked like he had energy to spare.
Casual fans even realize what they are seeing, as Monmouth Park had record crowds show up to their racetrack and all were there to see American Pharoah run.

With American Pharoah passing his first warm-up to the Breeder’s Cup, he will most likely run one more race before the Breeder’s Cup and will attempt to become the first horse in the history of the sport to win the Grand Slam (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Breeder’s Cup).

When asked where American Pharoah would race next, owner Ahmed Zayat said “I have no idea.” Wherever he does end up racing, you can expect record-breaking crowds for the host track to try and get a glimpse of history.

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Want to talk sports? John Galletley is the man to go to. He has been following sports of all kinds since he was a child but had a first love for baseball being in a family of Yankees fans. He also loves to travel and has used sports in order to do this including taking several road trips to MLB stadiums and other sports venues. John has always dreamed of working in the sports world and wants to make his way there as a writer in order to follow the philosophy of never working a day in your life if you love what you do.

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