American Pharoah Wins First Triple Crown Since 1978

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American Pharoah won today’s Belmont Stakes and completed horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharoah won the race with a time of 2:26.55, beating Frosted by five lengths in a dominating performance. Victor Espinoza spoke for the world: “Holy shit!”

It marks the first Triple Crown in my lifetime, and most likely yours as well. Thirteen horses had previously won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to lose at the 1.5-mile distance on Long Island.


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