American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown After Belmont Stakes Victory

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Jun 06, 2015 08:49 PM EDT
Victor Espinoza (L), jockey of American Pharoah #5, owner of Ahmed Zayat
Victor Espinoza (L), jockey of American Pharoah #5, owner of Ahmed Zayat, and trainer Bob Baffert (R), celebrate with the Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown Trophies after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years"

After decades of hopefuls and near-misses, American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown after taking the Belmont Stakes race with a victory on Saturday, becoming the first horse since Affirmed to win all three races, breaking the streak after 37-years.

American Pharoah came in as the favorite and won the race with jockey Victor Espinoza riding him and the horse was owned by Zayat Stables and trained by the Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. American Pharoah came from the number five gate and led the entire race and the horse finished the mile and half track in 2:26.65 to take the Triple Crown.

There were only eight horses in the race on Saturday and American Pharoah completed the triple crown after California Chrome had a chance last year and couldn't complete it at the Belmont. American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and now the horse's name will be alongside Affirmed Seattle Slew and Secretariat.

Espinoza won at the Belmont for the first time, while Baffert won for the second time. Espinoza previously had chances with Derby and Preakness winners War Emblem and California Chrome.

"The way he hit the ground, you couldn't even feel how fast he was moving," jockey Victor Espinoza said after the race.

Check here for more on the race and the Triple Crown.

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