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Pride, heartbreak and a mind-boggling electricity
“Everybody gets beat here at Saratoga — that’s the problem,” said Cordero, who now works as the agent for Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez. “If the big horse gets beat, it’s going to happen here.”
horseracing  new-york  saratoga  travers  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
september 2015 by jnchapel
Duckworth: Chasing history
"Let American Pharoah have his moment in the Classic. Redemption always makes for a good storyline, and hopefully the horse who has done so much for racing will be given the chance to go out on top. He owes us nothing, but perhaps he is owed a chance to write a final chapter that is better than what happened on Saturday."
horseracing  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
september 2015 by jnchapel
Baffert impressed by crowd for American Pharoah’s Spa appearance
"People jammed into the boxseats for the free workout and crowded around the apron to get a glimpse of the champion. He was on the track for maybe five minutes."
horseracing  new-york  saratoga  american-pharoah  triple-crown  the-twelfth 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Zayat has preference for Pharoah's next race
"My preference would be to run [next] at Saratoga," Zayat told ESPN.com.
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  saratoga  travers 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Pharoah flies home after Haskell romp; Travers could be next
"The Travers purse would be boosted to $1.6 million should American Pharoah run. In addition, it is known that when Zayat sold the breeding rights to American Pharoah to Coolmore months ago, there were certain achievements that would kick in additional money, such as a win in the Kentucky Derby. It can be assumed that the Travers would be part of that list."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  haskell  travers 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Contenders lining up for Travers
"I was miserably impressed," Violette said [of the Haskell].
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  haskell  travers 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Racetracks open their wallets in attempt to attract American Pharoah
“We did this to honor the horse; we thought American Pharoah deserved it,” said Dennis Drazin, an adviser to Darby Development, the management company that operates Monmouth Park for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “We wanted to send a message.”
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  monmouth-park  haskell 
july 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's numbers add up to success
"Since the crackdown on steroids and other things horses can no longer run on, it's made racing different and affected the numbers we've seen in the last few 3-year-old classics. They're slower," said Friedman, touching on the mediocre 7-1/4 California Chrome ran while winning last year's Kentucky Derby. "There were a few others with one outstanding number like Big Brown or Monarchos [a minus-1/4 in the 2001 Kentucky Derby] who ran faster than American Pharoah, but they did not put together three big efforts like he did. They were finished, in terms of development, after that one big effort. You have give American Pharoah credit for that. He was fortunate that his weakest race in the Triple Crown was in the slop [a 6 ½ in the Preakness] and he didn't have to run that fast to win that race. Also no one popped up with a big number out of nowhere to beat him in the other races."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  speed-figures 
july 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah has a secure spot in history, but a tricky future
"... the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19 appears to be the safest place for American Pharoah to stay unbeaten, for Zayat to rake in some cash and for Coolmore to protect its investment."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  saratoga 
july 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah in Vogue
"Pharoah stands in his stall, his jet-black mane racing down a coat almost luminous with good health, his thighs quivering with strength, his shoulders muscle-mapped."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
july 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah returning to the races after Triple Crown win
"Running in lockstep with the reputation issue for American Pharoah is the money issue, always a major factor at the highest levels of racing. Zayat announced during the Triple Crown run that he had sold the colt’s stallion rights for an undisclosed sum to Coolmore Stud. But several sources have told Sports Illustrated that the deal had been done long before—early in 2015 at the latest. 'I categorically deny that the deal was done in 2014, which some people have said,” says Zayat. “I won’t comment further on the date. I will say that I am a businessman and there has not been money left on the table, because when I made the deal, I considered every possible future achievement and had kickers written into the deal. What if he wins the Derby? What if he wins the Preakness? What if he wins the Triple Crown?' Zayat says that American Pharoah’s stallion deal includes several additional incentives attached to race victories."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  haskell 
july 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah to run in the Haskell
"This will be the biggest day ever in the history of racing in New Jersey. We've been racing for 70 years and this is the first time we will have a Triple Crown champion here. I didn't think I would ever say this, but this will be even bigger than 2007 when we hosted the Breeders' Cup."
horseracing  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  monmouth-park  haskell 
july 2015 by jnchapel
Baffert, Pharoah saved Triple Crown
"Horse racing is fortunate to once again have a living, breathing embodiment of the famed series, and the sport is fortunate Baffert trains him. Quite simply, Baffert gets it. Although he would never say so, it's quite possible he and American Pharoah saved the Triple Crown: They saved it from revision, they saved it from depreciation, and most of all, they saved the sport's most alluring attraction from becoming an exercise in anticlimax."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  bob-baffert  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Triple Crown connections
"The dams of Triple Crown winners have been more of a mixed bag, but like American Pharoah’s dam Littleprincessemma, most were young and not particularly accomplished on the racetrack. The best runner in the group was Omaha’s dam Flambino, winner of the 1927 Gazelle Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks. My Charmer, dam of Seattle Slew, won the 1972 Fair Grounds Oaks, and the rest ranged from the hard-knocking Quickly, dam of Count Fleet, to mares that either never started or never won. Seven were 10 or younger when their champions were foaled, but Somethingroyal produced Secretariat at age 18, and Lady Sterling was 17 when Sir Barton came along."
horseracing  breeding  pedigrees  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
NYRA board mulls ways to lure 'Pharoah'
Violette said he believed the horsemen would be "willing to bump it up…with the caveat that [the $750,000 Travers overpayment] gets paid right back to purses [based on an immediate handle revenue reconciliation]. And then after that $750,000, we’re back to the same splits. Because [the horsemen] can’t take all the risk." "It’s interesting mathematics," Violette continued. "I’m sure we could work around it. But everybody has to have some skin in the game if we’re going to bump this up."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  nyra  saratoga  travers 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Does American Pharoah make financial sense for Monmouth Park?
"That's true, but there's a huge 'but,'" noted Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, which operates the track for the NJTHA. 'The cost of branding is astronomical. And the long-term effect of this horse running ... we will reap the benefit for decades. I don't know how many 10-year-old kids are going to be there, but it's like people of my generation who saw Secretariat win the Belmont and became racing fans. In any business it's so expensive to create a new fan. This is definitely going to create fans. It's going to create a positive image for racing, and for Monmouth Park, so I think the short-term costs are a great investment for the long-term health of the industry."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  monmouth-park  haskell 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's win puts to rest Triple Crown excuses
"He deserves a lot of credit for his horsemanship," trainer Chad Brown said of Baffert. "For that horse to miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile with an injury, and then ... to have him perform as well as he did in all three events dealing with a foot issue and all that. I can tell you as a trainer that's an extraordinary training job for that horse."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's night at Churchill was about a horse
"American Pharoah may have other great days in what is one of the great racing careers of his generation, but none will be quite like this. The Breeders' Cup Classic will be at Keeneland, near the barn where he was foaled, and the farm where he will live as a stallion. But his life changed in this barn. He came here a promising colt. He'll leave later this week a racing legend."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Me, my dad and American Pharoah
"Just after the Belmont this year, my face still flushed from crying, I called my mom in Buffalo to see if Dad had watched. No, they hadn’t watched the race. He wouldn’t know a horse from a rabbit, she said. Instead, they were sitting at the table having dinner, my father oblivious that his 37-year wait for another Triple Crown winner was over."
horseracing  bo2015  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
The drought is finally over
"Just how long had it been since a Triple Crown sweep? When Affirmed achieved the historic feat in 1978, virtually everyone’s phone had a cord. A tweet was the sound a bird made. Jimmy Carter occupied the White House. Gas cost in the neighborhood of 70 cents. 'Annie Hall' won the Academy Award for best picture. 'The Rockford Files' won the Emmy Award for outstanding drama series. Fleetwood Mac’s 'Rumours' won the Grammy for album of the year."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Canterbury hopes to draw Triple Crown winner American Pharoah
"Wednesday, the Shakopee track doubled down on its grand idea, announcing it would offer a $2 million purse for the late August race if American Pharoah shows up. And according to Halstrom, owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert didn’t consider it crazy, either. Halstrom said both men told him Tuesday that they were willing to listen to offers, leading track officials to begin assembling a proposal that will convince Team Pharoah to bypass prestigious races in New York and California in favor of Minnesota."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  what-next  canterbury 
june 2015 by jnchapel
King just for a day
"While the thoroughbred industry may be widespread throughout the world, in the little bubble that I live in in Lexington, KY, the connections to and fondness for AP ran rampant. All of us hold him quite dear to our hearts. He encompasses so much to us, but most importantly he validates the reason we wake up in the morning. To raise strong, solid, well mannered horses with the upmost care, respect, and nutrition and therapy that human and science has to offer. On Saturday, it was evident that this was accomplished."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Parx to offer 'pretty aggressive' bonus to lure Pharoah
"Elliott said the existing conditions of the Pennsylvania Derby are already written to pay a $100,000 appearance bonus, split between the owner and trainer, to any horse that wins any one of the Triple Crown races, the Haskell, or the Travers. The per-race bonuses are cumulative, so American Pharoah’s connections, Elliott said, could be in line for at least a $300,000 base payday just for showing up at Parx, or $400,000 if the horse wins the Haskell. 'And I believe we intend to make a little better offer than that,' Elliott said, without disclosing how much more Parx would be willing to pay above the announced bonuses. 'I’m going to try in the not-too-distant future to go to wherever Mr. Baffert is and meet with him to talk about it.' Last year, under a similar appearance-fee system, Parx lured both GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. winner California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) and Haskell winner Bayern (Offlee Wild) to the Pennsylvania Derby. California Chrome ($200,000 bonus) was eased in the final sixteenth of a mile and finished sixth, but the Baffert-trained Bayern ($100,000 bonus) wired the field and went on to win the BC Classic."
horseracing  triple-crown  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  what-next  parx 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Horse racing’s Triple Crown: Worth the wait
"Experienced bettors will tell you that any horse with sufficiently juicy odds is worth a punt, but a meaningful comeback still looks like a longshot. Average racing enthusiasts are now in their 50s and getting older, and smaller racetracks have been closing all over America. Even if the Triple Crown events can retain the public’s interest, six minutes of action per year does not make for a viable business model. And unlike in other sports that can promote their stars for decades, casual fans who have just discovered American Pharoah will have only a handful of additional opportunities at most to see him run before he retires: given the risk of injury, he will be far more valuable at stud, where he could earn his owners, Zayat Stables, some $100,000 per foal. Today, American Pharoah’s Triple Crown looks like the sport’s most glorious moment in 40 years. With hindsight, it could wind up being horse racing’s swan song." (Probably not.)
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
In American Pharoah, racing finds a champion
"No one had a better, or worse, view of the Belmont than Donna Barton Brothers, the ultimate sideline reporter for the NBC telecast, who is always the first reporter to push a microphone into the face of a winning rider after a big race. Astride her pony, Brothers was positioned on the clubhouse turn and close witness to the controlled burn of American Pharoah leading his field through the opening stages of the race. As they disappeared onto the backstretch and into the distance, Brothers followed the call of Larry Collmus through her earpiece as the incredible noise from the stands welled in the background ..."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
King for a day: American Pharoah and the first Triple Crown in generations
"It was the expected result — American Pharoah went off at 3-5, after all — but there was still an undeniable sense of surprise to it anyway. It’s been a long time, after all. This was something that hadn’t happened since before the Internet, before the Macintosh and the iPod, before companies merged and banks swelled, and before instant communications and the marketing thereof. The thrill was vestigial, at least by the standards of our age of perpetual motion. That’s what kept it pure. That was what kept it free. It was people and it was a horse, both genuine creatures from different parts of creation, beyond naming rights and copyrights, an easier place before brands."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Dream Machine
"The energy and enthusiasm such rare horses generate are what make feats such as sweeping the Triple Crown so powerful. These iconic moments reignite the passion in every breeder, owner, and trainer that one day they, too, will be blessed with a good one. No one dares dream so openly and so big about capturing the Triple Crown, but the kernel of that dream is planted each time a foal rises for the first time onto wobbly legs."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Seeking to capitalize on Triple Crown victory
"Forget about analytics and demographics, this is about making history, doing something unique," he says. "American Pharoah is more than just a horse, he's an icon."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  marketing 
june 2015 by jnchapel
We've seen another Triple Crown winner — time to start thinking about the future
"The economics of this game are hard on the racing public. Few would be surprised to see the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years immediately retired to the breeding shed, yet -- at this very early stage -- we are promised something different."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Santa Anita stable notes for Sunday, June 8: Pharoah reigns supreme
"Hours after the race, on the streets of staid, old money Arcadia, horns were honking and folks were celebrating the fulfillment of a long-awaited accomplishment, this by a horse, trainer, Bob Baffert, and jockey, Victor Espinoza, who call Santa Anita home."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  santa-anita 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Belmont Stakes ratings strong but down from last year
"The Belmont Stakes, in which American Pharoah prevailed to become the first horse racing Triple Crown winner in 37 years, averaged a 12.3 overnight household rating/27 share, according to Nielsen, making it easily Saturday’s top-program as well as the top-rated pre-primetime Saturday sporting event of any kind since NBC covered the NFL playoff game between Baltimore and New England in January. The 12.3 was down 5% from last year’s 12.9 rating for California Chrome’s attempt at the Triple Crown, but this is still the third-best overnight for a Belmont Stakes in the 28 years of Nielsen’s People Meters. The New York market, home of the Belmont Stakes, registered a 16.6 rating/36 share — up 5% from last year (15.8) and the second best score on record."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert talks Triple Crown win
"I’m constantly thanking [American Pharoah] for coming through. But he’s really moved me in a spiritual way. You know my parents were always with me when I went through all the Triple Crowns. And they’re gone now. And to me, I always feel like maybe they have some connection to the horse. It makes me feel … that’s why I get very emotional when I talk about that horse. There’s something about this horse I’ve never felt with another horse. He’s just like, when you see him, you just love to see him because not only is he a sweet horse, but he carries a certain … he’s a very noble horse."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Del Mar in American Pharoah's future?
“If they decide the Breeders’ Cup Classic is the goal for his last race, then they’ll need some races before that,” Del Mar’s Craig Dado said. “Backing up from the BC Classic, there’s the (Awesome Again Stakes vs. older horses) at Santa Anita in September or early October. But why not the Pacific Classic as his first race back. He’s the Triple Crown winner so he doesn’t have anything to prove against 3-year-olds. Why not go against older horses and not have to ship?”
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Affirmed’s owner and jockey share in a celebration, 37 years after their own
"After Cauthen won in 1978, he looked back on the relatively short intervals between Triple Crown victories and thought the feat might have become too easy. Wolfson walked away from the Belmont in 1978 with no idea that she would be the reigning Triple Crown-winning owner for the next 37 years. On Saturday, I asked Wolfson how she felt about being replaced, or at the very least joined, in history by Zayat. Wolfson smiled and reminded me that Affirmed’s place in history was etched in stone."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Triple Crown winner burned up last quarter-mile in Belmont
"Triple Crown winner Secretariat may have taken the 1973 Belmont by a record 31 lengths and in a record time of 2:24, but American Pharoah was faster to the finish over the final 440 yards. Big Red took 25 seconds; American Pharoah was .68 seconds quicker."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah the best Triple Crown winner? He's the most important anyway
"... while it would probably be a little knee-jerk to cast into bronze his position alongside the truly great just yet, it is not a little bit premature to say this: he could be perhaps the most important of all Triple Crown winners ... when the sport has never had to work as hard for recognition and relevance, American Pharoah reminded a nation that widely regards horse racing in this country as overtly cruel, and callous, and uncaring, that the same spectacle can still produce transcendental moments."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's Triple Crown gives new generation its Affirmed
"That is the mark of all sports greats: They transcend their own time and place. They can take their place among all-time legends and they are larger than life in their own time. American Pharoah completed the Triple Crown, writing his story in broad strokes -- and in 140 characters or less. American Pharoah is the first Triple Crown winner to trend on Twitter."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
A new generation gets to claim a Triple Crown champion
"Racing has been given a chance to promote itself to a national audience in a positive way. Here's hoping everyone in the industry makes as much of this opportunity as American Pharoah made of his in the Belmont."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah ushers in Grand Slam era
"If, and there's that word again, Thoroughbred racing's incredible ride with American Pharoah extends into the fall, the setting for his final race is very much a no-brainer. 'The Breeders' Cup at Keeneland would be the ultimate way to end American Pharoah's career,' Justin Zayat said. 'To win the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic would be the absolute ultimate.' Actually, it could be something else. It just might be the dawn of a new quest in racing."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  breeders-cup 
june 2015 by jnchapel
On covering a Triple Crown, at long last
"I watched on TV. And it was fine. It allowed me to keep posting during the race (because I had WiFi from the main press box). I just didn't get some first-hand visuals. But sometimes, in this job, it's not about making memories for yourself. It's about figuring out how best you can put yourself in a position to write the story."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  media 
june 2015 by jnchapel
A triumph of racing, and broadcasting, that was worth the wait
"... let us assume that [American Pharoah] and his team have a brand worth exploiting. We saw some of that come to life Saturday. The pants legs of his jockey, Victor Espinoza, bore the name of Wheels Up, a private aviation company. At the trophy presentation ceremony, Espinoza wore a cap bearing the name of another sponsor, the energy drink maker Monster, while the horse’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, donned a Wheels Up cap."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
After American Pharoah’s runaway, pondering whether to quit while ahead
"Even the most casual sports fan recognizes and is moved by sublime athletic achievement. During the past five weeks, American Pharoah has reminded them what an ethereal creature a thoroughbred is and how beautiful it is in full flight."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Welcome to next year
"American Pharoah’s seemingly effortless yet ruthlessly efficient action ... was the basis of his early fame and almost certainly his armor against the rigors of the Triple Crown season. That certain je ne sais quoi which first caught all the eyes at Clocker’s Corner, enabled him, at the end of three hard races in five weeks, to somehow run the last half mile of his Belmont faster than he ran its first. He is the very model of a modern Triple Crown winner."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
A day later, Baffert still warmed by the glow of Pharoah's crown
"There was a poignant moment Sunday morning. Baffert years ago had gone to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and asked if he could meet the great Cigar. With the champion, Baffert petted him 'like some kid,' Baffert said. He looked him in the eye, examined him from close range, tried to feel what it was like to be in the presence of an animal of that accomplishment. On Sunday morning at Belmont, Mott came to Baffert's barn, and asked if he could spend a few moments with American Pharoah."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah’s Belmont win exposes missing jewels in British crown
"It is not the lack of a winner that suggests our own Triple Crown is dead. It is the lack of frustrating failures, the near-misses that underline the magnitude of the achievement. America’s Triple Crown requires a horse with speed for the first two legs and stamina in the last. The demand in Britain, with races from a mile to an extended mile-and-three-quarters, is for a stamina-laden colt with the speed to win a Guineas. If there is a near-miss – and Australia, who was third on the wrong side in the Guineas before winning the Derby last year is one name that springs to mind – it goes unnoticed, because the quest is already over."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth  international 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah deserves his place in horse-racing history
"Regardless of the quality of his individual performances, and regardless of what he does in the future, American Pharoah’s sweep of the three classics is an achievement more notable than those of the 11 horses who did it before him."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Triple Crown: Hard wait, totally worth it
"After seeing what we saw on Saturday, can we all agree that stubborn old horse racing had this the right way all along? On a warm June evening, American Pharoah, a brilliant horse with a misspelled name, won the Belmont and the Triple Crown with a spectacular triumph before 90,000. He did it beating all those fresher horses–five of his competitors had skipped the Preakness after the Derby. He did it decisively, wire to wire, in a romp ..."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah makes history loud and clear
"The chant began even before American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza came back, echoing up from the Belmont grandstand ground floor, full-throated and joyous: 'Pha-roah! Pha-roah! Pha-roah!' They spoke for the thousands at Belmont Park, and the millions watching on a variety of screens. They spoke for the racing fans who came and went through the years, time and time again, hoping against hope that today would be the day they'd finally see that rarest of racing achievements."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Relaxed Baffert shares Triple Crown with all
"It's as if this Triple Crown has softened Baffert's core, which had been hardened by soul-crushing Belmont defeats with Silver Charm, Real Quiet, and War Emblem."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah: Triple Crown win rewrites racing history
"As the champion crossed the finish line at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, he crushed the doubts that have hung over this sport like a curse for nearly four decades, dispelling the notion that winning the three-race series is beyond the capacity of the modern thoroughbred."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's mile and a half to history
"Going from the barns to the paddock is when the reach for history goes from something people talk about to something real. And if the task at hand wasn't daunting enough, American Pharoah had to walk up Count Fleet Drive to get to Secretariat Avenue. He had to pause momentarily for the NBC cameras right in front of the barn where Secretariat – the baddest horse who ever lived – was stabled in 1973, when he crushed the field by such a margin his jockey had to look back to see everyone else."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah wins Belmont, becomes 12th Triple Crown winner
"When American Pharoah came back toward the grandstand after pulling up after the race, Espinoza took him all the way up the stretch so that fans seated throughout the grandstand could see him one last time before he headed to the winner’s circle. Just 20 miles from Manhattan, it was racing’s version of a Broadway bow ... the fans let out an appreciative roar. The winner’s circle was chaotic, with photographers pressing forward, security and other officials trying to hold them back, those associated with American Pharoah trying to position themselves for the winner’s-circle picture, and, in the midst of it all, a 3-year-old colt who, remarkably, never got anxious. It had taken 37 years for this moment, and if it took a few more minutes to get a picture taken, American Pharoah was more than happy to oblige. He had done everything else."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
How does American Pharoah compare to other Triple Crown winners?
"But Seattle Slew … I think I was one of the first to draw a comparison between American Pharoah and Seattle Slew, doing so in this space a couple of months ago. I just felt as though their untapped brilliance in the run up to the Kentucky Derby was comparable, as were their running styles. But now, I will say this: At this point in their careers, American Pharoah is better than Seattle Slew was."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Espinoza savors Triple Crown success
“The horse next to me acted up a little bit, and [American Pharoah] leaned back just as they opened the gate, missed just a little touch,” said Espinoza. “But I think that might have helped him because he got all his weight on his back legs, then pushed forward so powerfully. Just two jumps, and I was right on the lead. That was my plan: Open up a length or two and let him just be happy. At that point, on the first turn, it was the best feeling I ever had.”
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's run ends a long Triple Crown wait for Bob Baffert
"The only time Baffert lost his cool was when some representatives from Monster energy drink, who signed a sponsorship deal with American Pharoah's owner, Ahmed Zayat, tried to make a move to the horse for photo ops and product placement. Baffert forcefully shooed them away, clearly not interested in anything upsetting his horse."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah's Triple crown about the horse, not humans
"The bay colt turned his head just so to shoot a bloodshot glance from his left eye at the unruly admirers fighting to take his picture. I was almost close enough to reach out and touch him, not that I would've ever dared. In the presence of greatness, I couldn't help but think this horse deserved to be written up on Steinbeck's laptop, or Hemingway's, and certainly not mine."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah goes wire to wow
"Seeing that only Frosted was anywhere within range, Espinoza turned his head to the front and urged American Pharoah with the reins. Poor Frosted. He was instantly iced."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Belmont Stakes win activates incentive clause to drive up value of American Pharoah
"Zayat said there was an incentive clause in his deal to sell the horse's stallion rights to Coolmore Farms. The deal, struck last month, valued the horse at more than $20 million. Zayat, citing the confidentiality of the terms, would only say Saturday's win would make the deal 'substantially more.' If American Pharoah's stud fee skyrockets in the future, Zayat is protected, as he still owns at least 25 percent of the breeding rights."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Zayat thankful for a Triple Crown
"If Zayat is to become one of the new faces of racing, the sport finds itself in pretty good hands. A messy legal situation involving Zayat was dismissed -- as he said it would be -- earlier this week, and more than most owners, he's willing to spend hour upon hour on social media interacting with the sport's fans. He's a new type of owner for a new brand of Triple Crown champion."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
Triple Crown triumph for awesome American Pharoah
"American Pharoah, though, never really looked like joining the ranks of the beaten. Kicked straight to the front after breaking a stride slowly at the gate, he was allowed a surprisingly easy lead by rival jockeys, and he duly ambled around the wide oval of the racetrack known as the 'Big Sandy'. Any stamina worries never came into play as American Pharoah led into the stretch with second favourite Frosted giving vain chase, unable to get closer than a couple of lengths away. But after they straightened up, American Pharoah drew clear for an authoritative five-and-a-half-length success that prompted adulatory scenes from a crowd of 90,000 as the stands resounded with deafening cheers."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah, welcome to greatness
"Be thankful for defeat. Be thankful for failure. Be thankful for frustration, for heartbreak, for foolish mistakes, for frailty, for hard luck, for doubt, for longing. These are the things that gauge the robustness of the challenges we choose, that sound the depths of our bravery and fortitude, that measure our worth. Only those intimate with the pain of loss feel in full the sweet euphoria of triumph."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
An elusive trophy, gleaming through the smudges of hands and lips
"Saturday’s outcome eliminated the need for the trophy’s ungainly exit. It also provides a winsome conclusion to the trophy’s many years of fruitless trips to New York. It always left Kentucky in an airtight case especially made for the trophy. On those flights to New York, the airline pilots frequently wanted the Triple Crown trophy in the cockpit with them. In Manhattan, the trophy sometimes got its own hotel bed. In public appearances, it was protected by armed guards."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
A worthy member of a most exclusive club
"Now there's a 12th name on the list of Triple Crown winners, American Pharoah. He didn't luck into this, he didn't beat an inferior collection of rivals; there was nothing fluky about anything he did over these past five weeks. He accomplished what some had thought could not be accomplished because he is a great horse, one worthy of joining a club that accepts only immortals."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah wins Triple Crown with Belmont Stakes win
"Belmont exploded in celebration, the roar growing louder when louder seemed inconceivable, a prayer of thanks delivered in full throat. Rival trainer Todd Pletcher, whose Materiality chased Pharoah early before finishing a distant eighth (the modern-day version of Sham, who chased Secretariat early in his epic 1973 Belmont and finished nearly 50 lengths behind), fought through the crowd to congratulate Baffert. 'That horse is too good,' he said as he walked away. Another trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains runner-up Frosted, also pushed his way to Baffert and congratulated him as the roar built ever louder." Everything was "chingon."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah wins Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown
"... as American Pharoah bounded into the stretch amid a deafening roar, the memories of the gritty Affirmed, the speedy Seattle Slew (1977) and that tremendous machine Secretariat (1973) were summoned from backside to grandstand, and rightfully so. No one doubted that American Pharoah was about to enter the history books. He was bouncing down the lane as if jumping from one trampoline to another, and no one was going to catch him."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel
American Pharoah training like a Triple Crown winner
"There are no more uneventful mornings on the Belmont Stakes workout watch now that AMERICAN PHAROAH has arrived, and he put on another great show during a 1 1/2-mile gallop here Thursday, showing great energy dragging his rider around at a two-minute clip for the opening mile before coming to hand down the stretch."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  american-pharoah  the-twelfth 
june 2015 by jnchapel

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