Not since Secretariat has there been a horse that so captivated fans the way American Pharoah had. And in winning the Breeder’s Cup Classic over a stacked field of horses, it’s clear that the Triple Crown winner is one of the greatest of all-time.
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Coming off his first defeat in eight races at the Travers Stakes, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was seen as vulnerable against an elite field of horses.
Despite the absence of Beholder, the second favorite behind “The Champ”, the field still included seven dominant horses capable of taking him down.
But The Champ would not be denied and absolutely ran away with the $5 million Breeder’s Cup Classic, shattering the racetrack’s speed record in the process and becoming the richest three-year old in horse racing history.
It proved to be the final race of American Pharoah’s incredible campaign as his owner and trainer declared that he would be put out to stud, but after becoming the first horse to ever win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeder’s Cup Classic in a single year, it’s clear he’s due for a well-deserved retirement.
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