What a finish! American Pharoah won the 2015 Belmont Stakes on June 6 and became the first Triple Crown Winner in 37 years! Congratulations to American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza!
It was “The Race For The Champion” and there could be no other than Victor Espinoza, 43, and American Pharoah! The team that won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes went 3 for 3, defeating the other seven horses to win the June 6 running of the Belmont Stakes — and became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978!
Belmont Park in Elmont, New York erupted in cheers as those on hand witnessed history! Victor and his 3-year-old horse rode to victory during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. The June 6 event was extra special, because not only did Pharoah and Victor win the race, they won the first Triple Crown since 1978.
Pharoah faced some tense competition from horses Frosted and Materiality. But he came out on top in just two minutes and twenty-six seconds! That only two seconds longer than the current record of two minutes and twenty-four seconds, held by Secretariat. Secretariat is the only horse to have ever finished faster.
Victor must have felt relieved because he accidentally blurted “holy s***” after finishing. He also said he has 12 brother and sisters — he and American Pharoah are the 12th Triple Crown winners, so maybe it was fate!
This was a big day for Victor. He has secured over 3,200 wins in his nearly thirty-year career, but the victory on June 6 is definitely his sweetest. Belmont has been Victor’s downfall. He almost won the Triple Crown in 2014 on the horse California Chrome, but an injury to the horse led him to finish fourth. He is now the oldest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown, though.
American Pharoah: Triple Crown Winner
American Pharoah has now crowned himself king of American horse racing. He soared at the Kentucky Derby, winning with ease. Though he was challenged by his longtime rival, Mr. Z, at Preakness, American Pharoah had no problem in securing the win. Now, with the Belmont Stakes win under his belt, American Pharoah now joins a very small club of horses to win all three in a single year. He’ll now ride off in the sunset, retiring from racing and to be put out to stud. Party!
Congratulations to Victor and American Pharoah! What did you think about the race, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow