A nation suspended on American Pharoah's exploit

A nation suspended on American Pharoah's exploit

01 November 2015

The legendary winner of the American « Triple Crown », American Pharoah competed this weekend in the Breeders' Cup Classic, the main event of one of the most prestigeous weekends of racing in the world, The Breeders' Cup.

The incredible crack, star of the racing season across the Atlantic, won this year the « Triple Crown » when adding to his stellar tally the three Group 1s Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, becoming therefore the first horse to achieve this outstanding exploit since Affirmed in 1978 and only the 12th in history ! On Saturday he tried the Grand Slam, an achievement never reached before : winning the Breeders' Cup Classic after the « Triple Crown ». This 32nd edition was a parade for the champion of Ahmed Zayat, who settled in the front from the start, ears pointed forwards, to win with ease despite facing a high quality field. His trainer, Bob Baffart explained after the race : « He put on a show, I knew at the half-mile pole [that he would win big] from the way he was running. The way he was going he just breaks other horses' hearts. The good horses do that, they just break other horses' hearts. » (Extract from the TDN 02/11/15 page 19). American Pharoah won the race in record time, finishing his racing career as an immense champion, cheered by 45,000 spectators and a plethora of fans on the social medias. He took the road on the next day to Ashford Stud, the American Coolmore stud, who aquired him in 2015 before his long list of achievements. He finishes his career with nine victories, eight of which were Gr1s, from eleven starts.

Want to know a little bit more ?

Watch the race here

Discover the unique atmosphere of the day thanks to the cameras of France Sire here 

Discover the article from Equida Live and tributes to some of the greatest participants in the world 

Read the news of the Racing Post here 

Consult the TDN from the 31st of October here 

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