1978. That year for those who follow horse racing is well known as the last time we saw a horse take home all three legs of the Triple Crown.
There’s no shortage of challengers looking to upend American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes and spoil his chance to win the Triple Crown.
American Pharoah has a shot at the Triple Crown next month at the Belmont Stakes on Long Island, and things will be a little different for fans at Belmont Park next year.
American Pharoah is racing to compete the first Triple Crown in 37 years. But it won’t be easy.
He’s won from the rail and he’s won from an outside post, and now, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
And now, it’s on to the Belmont Stakes on June 6 for a shot at the Triple Crown and racing immortality.
Torrential rain came to Baltimore about ten minutes before post-time of the Preakness Stakes but that didn’t bother the Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah.
American Pharoah won the Preakness in a driving rain on Saturday, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.
From a Kentucky horse farm to a sales ring in Saratoga to Bob Baffert’s barn at Santa Anita, American Pharoah gave every indication he’s a champion in the making.
The slightly shorter distance of the Preakness and the likelihood of another manageable pace makes Dortmund a solid play at odds of 3-1 or better.
Barring any surprise late entries, this year’s Preakness will have one of the smallest fields in over a decade.
Among the best reasons to go to the Preakness Stakes this year are the pure spectacle of the event and a chance to visit the historical city of Baltimore.
American Pharoah raced in third through three-quarters of the race but edged out Firing Line in the home stretch.
When betting the Derby, you have to take a stand against colts that some very sharp handicappers will pick to win.
Leading the way is expected favorite American Pharoah, winner of the Arkansas Derby.