Historic racing season culminates in Triple Crown winner
Records in sports are usually made to be broken – but some become so insurmountable, they they become insurmountable.
After 37 years, dedicated horse racing fans and even the casual spectator was beginning to believe that a winner of the Triple Crown – taking first in the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont Stakes within in a matter of weeks – would never come again.
But then came an inspirational horse aptly named American Pharoah, who might just have single-hoofed-ly reignited this nation’s love affair with what was once one of its most popular past-times.
On June 6, American Pharoah blew the competition away and completed an impressive run of races. In fact at Belmont, consistently the race which usually has denied Triple Crown seekers in the past, the 3-year-old horse never trailed his competition.
The Belmont Stakes, which is sometimes referred to as the “Test of the Champion,” is the longest of the three races.
“Steady, steady, all the way around,” jubilant jockey Victor Espinoza said after the win. “I had the best feeling after when I took the first turn. You don’t even feel it when he’s going that fast, it feels like slow motion.”
For racing fans, American Pharoah’s breathtaking win feels more like a shooting star.
Take a look at these stunning image from all three races to get a glimpse of history in the making.