Historic racing season culminates in Triple Crown winner

  • Spectator Christian Weinheimer looks on toward the paddock at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A group of US Navy sailors pose for a photo at the Belmont Park during the 147th Belmont Stakes.
  • Edwin Collazo showing his support for American Pharoah at Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A group of spectators at Belmont Stakes wearing custom-made suits for the occasion.
  • Spectators watch a race at Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY.
  • Spectators gather at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY for the 147th Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at Belmont Park watch the races in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A woman takes a photo at Belmont Park during the races in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Lisa Legall displays her nails and her race chart at the Belmont Park on race day.
  • Standing in line at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Crowds gather at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectator, Michael George, of New York, checks out the statistics in the race chart, he has been coming to the Belmont Stakes for 30 years.
  • Spectators at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A patriotic racing fan and his American eagle shirt at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Racing fan, Ron Davanzo has been coming to the event for the past 25 years.
  • Spectators at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A horse is lead on the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Cameras set up in the media area at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015.
  • Jockey Trevor McCarthy after Race 7 at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators pose for a photo at the 2015 Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Denise Harden wearing a pharaoh themed outfit looks on toward the paddock at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on race day.
  • Spectators wearing their money outfits on race day.
  • A spectator tries to pose with a "lead pony" on race day during the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY.
  • Jockey Joel Rosario after Race 7 of the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Two women take a break during Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Spectators gather for race day at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • On line for the ATM at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on race day.
  • A woman naps during Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY onJune 6, 2015.
  • Garrett Calhoun, an American Pharoah supporter at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.
  • Spectators watch a race at Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A man uses his cell phone at the track during Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Two women charge their phones at Belmont Park on race day.
  • A man takes a photo with his iPad at Belmont Park on race day.
  • Spectators at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Excited racing fans watch the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • An American Pharoah fan at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • The Knob Creek Manhattan winner's platters, awarded to the jockey and trainer of the winning horse at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • A spectator looks out toward the finish line at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • Spectators watch as American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.
  • American Pharoah owner, Ahmed Zayat, and his wife, Joanne (left), after their horse American Pharoah won the 147th Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Jockey Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah are lead to the Winner's Circle after winning the 147th Belmont Stakes and the coveted Triple Crown on June 6, 2015.
  • Justin Zayat, son of American Pharoah owner, Ahmed Zayat, after winning the 147th Belmont Stakes and the coveted Triple Crown at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.

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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.

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