American Pharoah shows no fatigue in first gallop since Preakness win

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jorge Alvarez was ready to feel something a little different beneath him Friday morning. Instead, the longtime exercise rider for trainer Bob Baffert said that if fatigue is setting in for dual classic winner American Pharoah, it's news to his hands.

In his second day back to the track and first gallop since his 7-length ...Read more

Carpe Diem, The Truth Or Else out of running for Belmont

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The list of potential challengers who will try and keep American Pharoah from sweeping the Triple Crown shrunk by two Monday as multiple Grade I winner Carpe Diem and The Truth Or Else were each declared out of Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Carpe Diem, 10th in the Kentucky Derby, had worked 4 furlongs in 47.66 seconds at Belmont Park on May 29 and...Read more

Jockey Victor Espinoza amazed to get third shot at Triple Crown

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The opportunity of a lifetime had supposedly come and gone for jockey Victor Espinoza. So as he sat in the lobby of Long Island's Garden City Hotel last June discussing the second chance fate had dropped in his hands, he took a measured moment for some reflection and acceptance.

"I think that this is probably my last time to be in this position...Read more

American Pharoah draws fifth position in Belmont Stakes

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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert nodded in approval as he heard American Pharoah will start from the No. 5 hole when he attempts to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

"I've always liked the No. 5, always done well with it," Baffert said Wednesday at the post position draw for the Belmont, held in ...Read more

Trying to figure out reasons for Triple Crown drought is as elusive as winning all three races

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As with most debates involving sports, there are varying reasons for the absence of a Triple Crown champion racehorse over the past 37 years. It has as much to do with bank accounts as bloodlines, yet trying to pinpoint the main reason is as elusive as the achievement itself.

Longtime horsemen and horsewomen point to the changing economics in ...Read more

American Pharoah stands alone after Classic triumph

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Saturday at Keeneland became a day when the routine became spectacular, when what was expected and obvious became celebrated like it was a stunning surprise.

Which was exactly the appropriate reaction.

American Pharoah won the Breeders' Cup Classic, the $5-million horse race for all comers that was designed to, and usually ...Read more

American Pharoah goes out a champion in Breeders' Cup Classic rout

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Owner Ahmed Zayat couldn't bear to watch such a glorious scene come to an end.

After three years of seeing the bay colt he bred develop into something that hasn't been produced in a couple of generations, after witnessing start after start move his charge deeper into the history books and a sport off its jaded foundation, ...Read more

American Pharoah installed as the 6-5 favorite in Breeders' Cup Classic

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The stage is set for America's best mare to take on America's Triple Crown winner in Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky.

American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, drew post position No. 4 and was installed as the 6-5 favorite Monday for what will be his final race under jockey ...Read more

Ahmed Zayat: American Pharoah to continue racing

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The storybook ride of the 2015 Thoroughbred racing season is going to go on for at least one more chapter.

After days of discussion regarding the future of American Pharoah in the wake of his runner-up finish in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga last Saturday, it was announced Thursday that the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years will ...Read more