Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza has a little giddyup on his fastball, too.
Victor Espinoza called it “the best feeling I ever had,” and American Pharoah was only through the first turn.
He’s out to make history in more ways than one.
American Pharoah won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and he’s looking to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won all three races in 1978.
Twelve horses have tried to complete the sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont and failed since 1978. Now it’s American Pharoah’s turn Saturday.
The Belmont Stakes is the the kind of place where luck looms large. But the team behind American Pharoah is hedging its bets by locking in a little help from above.
American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby before a record-setting crowd at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner in 1978, three Belmont fields with the same history on the line also drew 11 horses in 1981, 1988 and 2002.
It’s an honor that can go very, very wrong. But California Chrome’s jockey and assistant trainer were right on the money Monday night in the Bronx.