Spotlight: “Grand Slam” Finale for American Pharoah

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First jewel in the Triple Crown: Espinoza rode American Pharoah to victory in the 2015 Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah, the 12th Triple Crown winner in history, did not disappoint the racing world with his superb farewell performance in winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, 10/31/15. After a loss at Saratoga’s Travers Stakes nine weeks prior, all eyes were on the 3 year old superstar. With the title of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in tow, American Pharoah came back to dominate the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

Since the race was established in 1984, this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic was the first time a Triple Crown winner raced in it and brought the trophy home. It was certainly a victory that will be remembered in history.

With Beholder out two days before the Classic, the odds were in American Pharoah’s favor as there were no other speed horses in the field to challenge him.

American Pharoah led quickly out of the gate from post position #4 with Effinex, Frosted, and Tonalist right behind him. Effinex was on the outside adding pressure behind him before giving way. American Pharoah set the pace, winning by 6 1/2 lengths over long shot Effinex. Effinex came in second and Honor Code finished third.

American Pharoah went off at 7-10 odds and a $2 paid $3.40 to win.

American Pharoah had a brilliant run at this year’s Breeders’ Cup and it will also mark his last time in the action. He will now retire and head to a stallion career in his home state of Kentucky.

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