American Pharoah is a bay colt with a faint star on his forehead and no other white markings. American Pharoah was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Ahmed Zayat, CEO of Zayat Stables, LLC, at Tom Van Meter’s Stockplace Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. His earnings to date is US$5,900,300.
American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown in 2015. He is bred and owned by Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, LLC, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden in most of his races by Victor Espinoza. He is the first American Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and only the twelfth in history.
After running poorly in his track debut as a two-year-old, American Pharoah next won the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Front Runner Stakes, each by several lengths. An injury kept him out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but the strength of his two wins nonetheless resulted in his being voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse at the 2014 Eclipse Awards.
American Pharoah began his 2015 campaign with wins in the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby and went on to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby and 2015 Preakness Stakes. He won the Triple Crown in a wire-to-wire victory at the 2015 Belmont Stakes. His winning time was the second-fastest for a Triple Crown winner and his closing quarter-mile time of 24.32 was faster than Secretariat’s. He next shipped to Monmouth Park and easily won the Haskell Invitational on August 2, prompting Baffert to say, “He just keeps bringing it; he’s a great horse.” Three weeks later, he finished a close second in a hard-fought Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on August 29, 2015, snapping a winning streak of eight races.
American Pharoah romped to victory in winning the nation’s richest horse race, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, and became the first to ever double it up in the same season with the prestigious Triple Crown.
American Pharoah was brilliantly ridden into glory by jockey Victor Espinoza, who made history for himself. Victor is the first jockey in American racing history to win the triple crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year
Victor Espinoza (born May 23, 1972) began riding in his native Mexico and went on to compete at racetracks in California. He has won the Kentucky Derby three times, riding War Emblem in 2002, California Chrome in 2014, and American Pharoah in 2015. He also won the Preakness Stakes three times, riding War Emblem in 2002 California Chrome in 2014 and American Pharoah in 2015.
He was the first jockey in history to enter the Belmont Stakes with a third opportunity to win the Triple Crown, finally winning the elusive honor in 2015—becoming the oldest jockey and first Hispanic jockey to win the award.
By Karl A. Haughton