If American Pharoah races again — as his owner has said he’d like — it could draw a huge crowd to New Jersey’s Haskell Invitational.
Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza has a little giddyup on his fastball, too.
Ahmed Zayat said Sunday morning he wants the fans “to still enjoy something,” and he’s leaving it up to trainer Bob Baffert to map out a schedule.
Victor Espinoza called it “the best feeling I ever had,” and American Pharoah was only through the first turn.
American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 ½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse in 37 years to complete the Triple Crown — one of the sporting world’s rarest feats.
All the best images from Team AP’s historic and euphoric day at Belmont Park.
The 52-year-old from Egypt, who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, has known all along he had a champion in American Pharoah.
A Triple Crown winner hasn’t been seen in 37 years, but the crowd arriving early Saturday is hopeful.
According the New York Racing Association, Helwan was pulled up with about 3 1/2 furlongs to go in the six-furlong race on the turf with a broken bone in his left front foot.
“It is one hell of a horse that we’ve got today, but it’s also one hell of a field,” NYRA president Chris Kay says of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown bid.
American Pharoah faces seven rivals Saturday in his bid to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
The Triple Crown trail ends with the Belmont Stakes, and it’s finished in heartbreak for 13 horses whose Triple tries were foiled since 1979.
Amid a push to improve drug testing, a dwindling fan base and horse breakdowns, racing is a far cry from the popular sport it used to be in the days of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed.
American Pharoah has taken a final gallop around Belmont Park before he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
“Everything that I see, the way he’s trained, it looks like he still has it in the tank,” Baffert told Francesa.
WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski takes some incredible photos of Belmont Park.