And that’s the race! The Breeders’ Cup took place on Oct. 31, and it was the last race for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. In his final run, American Pharoah dominated the race and finished in first place!
It’s time for the winners to collect their money, and the losers to head home. The Breeders’ Cup closed out the 2015 thoroughbred racing season, and it was an emotional end to an incredible year. American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza, 43, took to the track for the very last time and won the race in a perfect last run.
The Oct. 31 race at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky was one for the history books. Though it was Halloween, only one horse ended up with a treat in the winner’s circle — American Pharoah. This is just another race that will go down in the history books.
When the race kicked off, American Pharoah started out ahead. Effinex, Frosted and Tonalist were right behind him. As the race went on, Victor and American Pharoah started to pull away for an even longer lead. American Pharoah crossed the finish line with a huge lead.
After the race, Victor said he felt “amazing.” He called American Pharoah the “best” horse. “I will never forget him,” he said.
This was the last time to see American Pharoah in action. By winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 40 years. While the competitive horse was looking for one last win under his belt, this race was also a victory lap for the amazing animal.
The 2015 Breeders’ Cup was also the first time a Triple Crown winner ever ran it. The race was established in 1984, six years after Affirmed took home the Triple Crown. Though they tried as hard as they could, no horse and jockey could reproduce Affirmed’s feat — until American Pharoah’s epic year. This race was the horse’s chance to become the first ever “Grand Slam” in American thoroughbred horse racing! American Pharoah did just that!
Now that the racing season is over, American Pharoah is trotting off to retirement. His owner, Ahmed Zayat, sold the breeding rights to his champion horse to Ashford Stud in Kentucky, reports Sports Illustrated. Now, American Pharoah will live out his days in the Bluegrass state, breeding horses that will hopefully be world-class champions like their dad.
What did you think about the Breeders’ cup, HollywoodLifers? Did the horse you picked win? Are you sad that American Pharoah isn’t going to race again?
— Jason Brow