Belmont Stakes 2015 highlights: American Pharoah wins Triple Crown after longest gap
This was one of the most talked about sports event yesterday. It was not the only sporting event slated to be held the same night. FIFA 2015 Women World Cup was set to open with Canada taking on China in an enthralling event. There were many other sporting events too slated for the same night.
Belmont Stakes 2015, despite all these attention grabbing events, held its own and attracted a very large number of spectators from across the US. The enthusiasm was very high among racing fans as there was one horse that had some chance of winning Triple Crown. They were hoping the horse to win the Triple Crown, the first since 1978.
This has been the longest drought of Triple Crown. Otherwise never such a long period passed without top of the line horses regularly winning Triple Crowns.
The enthusiasm was so high that the occasion was sold out weeks in advance. The sold out race was attended by 90,000 â€” the fortunate who nabbed tickets in case history was made and now, will forever be able to say they were there. Frosted came in second and Keen Ice came in third. The Preakness brought American Pharoah’s winning streak to six, and Saturday’s rare achievement made seven. Owner Ahmed Zayat adds $800,000 to his fortune.
There is no denying the fact American Pharoah was destined to win the fight from the word go. As the race began, the three year old horse took the lead and never allowed others to take the game away from it since then. The horse was able to cover the 1 1/2 mile distance in just 2:26.65, besting the field by 5 1/2 lengths. A beaming jockey Victor Espinoza after the win said, â€œSteady, steady, all the way aroundâ€¦I had the best feeling after when I took the first turnâ€¦You don’t even feel it when he’s going that fast, it feels like slow motion.â€
37 year is a very long time when it comes to any sporting event. The last to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed who had won the title in the year 1978. There is no denying the fact that the Belmont Stakes, known as the “Test of the Champion,” is the longest of the three races in the Triple Crown â€” the Kentucky Derby track is 1 1/4 mile and the Preakness track is 1 3/16 mile. The celebrated horse trainer, the 62-year old Bob Baffert said following the win said, â€œI didn’t know how I was going to feel; now I knowâ€¦I feel like I have a very special horse and he’s the one that won. It wasn’t me, it was the horseâ€.
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