American Pharoah wins first Triple Crown since 1978 (Video)
American Pharoah made history by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, doing so in a time of 2:26:65.
American Pharoah, who is trained by Bob Baffert, is also the first horse to win the decorated honor since Affirmed in 1978, ending a 37-year drought.
“I tell you, in the first turn (I knew were going to win),” jockey Victor Espinoza said in his post-race interview. “He broke a step slow because he sat back when they opened the gate. But in two jumps I was right in the lead. He was steady all the way around. I tell you, I had the best feeling ever when he crossed the first turn.”
This was Baffert’s first Triple Crown in four tries, which was more than any other trainer.