On June 6th, 2015 at the Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah made sports history crossed the finish line first overall to become the first Triple Crown Winner in 37 years. This symbolic victory was American Pharoah’s seventh consecutive first place victory and made him the twelfth horse ever earn Triple Crown honors. Since the last horse to win the three iconic races that result in the Triple Crown Award was Affirmed in 1978, American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza finally put an end to horse-racing’s 37-year drought.
After four straight race victories from September 2, 2014 to April 11, 2015, American Pharoah made his first appearance at the Kentucky Derby under the lead of Victor Espinoza. Entering the race, American Pharoah was considered the favorite to win from the eighteen horses in the competition. American Pharoah went on too take first at the 2015 race with ease, giving Espinoza his third career victory at the Kentucky Derby. Winning back-to-back Kentucky Derbies, the horse racing world should have expected a thrilling spring for Victor Espinoza and rising horse American Pharoah. Despite the heavy downpour on the day of the Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah persevered for the win and being the only horse with experience racing in such weather conditions. American Pharoah won first place by seven lengths and the hype of a potential Triple Crown winner began. Prior to riding American Pharoah, Espinoza had two other opportunities to win the Triple Crown, but failed to do so with War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome in 2014. Both of these horses took first at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to fall short at the Belmont Stakes. Falling just short of the Triple Crown twice before, Espinoza long desired for that last victory at Belmont Stakes and to write his name in horse racing history among previous greats.Once Victor Espinoza took over, American Pharoah has gone undefeated since and he became the oldest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown.
As the 2015 Belmont Stakes approached, American Pharoah was once again a heavy favorite to win. On race day, American Pharoah certainly didn’t disappoint, while displaying his true dominance on the track and won by 5 ½ lengths. Coming in first place within a record 2 minutes and 26.65 seconds, American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown and the 12th ever. Completing the Triple Crown is a remarkable accomplishment and there is no horse more worthy of the title than the unforgettable American Pharoah.
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