Bob Baffert, the Triple Crown champion’s trainer, is well aware of Saratoga’s reputation. Three of racing’s biggest upsets have occurred at the “Graveyard of Champions.”
Bob Baffert took a side trip to Saratoga Race Course on Monday before the start of the horse sales down the road.
NJ TRANSIT will be adding extra trains this weekend for fans wishing to see American Pharoah run the Haskell Invitational.
Sunday’s race will be American Pharoah’s first since he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and became the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years.
American Pharoah looked strong and fresh in his first exercise as a Triple Crown champion before meeting a veterinarian who has seen six of his brethren.
The nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack has history on its side, but fans here and elsewhere in the racing world shouldn’t bet the house on the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years racing at Saratoga.
It took 37 years to happen, so forgive Bob Baffert if he needs more than a few days to let it sink in.
A $2 ticket on American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes may be worth a lot more money later than now. Or, people are hanging on to their own little piece of horse racing history.
Such is the problem with individual sports, sans teammates. They all ride on celebrities, no matter how many legs they use.
Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza has a little giddyup on his fastball, too.
Owner Ahmad Zayat is still in awe over American Pharoah’s Triple Crown title — the first in 37 years.
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.