American Pharoah Ends 37 Year Drought

June 20, 2015 by susanne

Written by guest blogger Ryan Simpson

After 37 years of equestrian enthusiasts crossing their fingers, history has finally been made. American Pharaoh, rode by jockey Victor Espinoza, completed the famed “third leg” of the Triple Crown on June 6th at the Belmont Race Course in Elmont, New York. The three year-old colt out of Zayat Stables in New Jersey cruised through the race like a veteran and won by a landslide over Frosted. Fans had been awaiting this moment for so long, and now that the Triple Crown has finally been conquered again, it seems as though there is only one thing to do: compare American Pharaoh to the former winners. Some interesting things start happening when you compare American Pharaoh to the other Triple Crown winners, like Secretariat for example. So, what would it look like if two of arguably the best horses of all time put it all on the line against each other? Here’s the results.

Interesting. Not only does Secretariat win, but he wins by more than two seconds. There is a reason why Secretariat holds the fastest time not only at the Belmont Stakes, but on a dirt track of that length anywhere in the country. Given the fact that the conditions may have been slightly different as far as track and weather, both horses got out in front relatively quickly and remained there to give forth their all. Speed like Secretariat may never be found again. That being said, it’s also difficult to compare any horse to another let alone the likes of Secretariat. What American Pharaoh has done, with the help of famed trainer Bob Baffert, is still something that has only happened to twelve others in 147 years.

So what’s next for American Pharaoh? There are a few different options being considered. Obviously, the first is to continue racing. A horse of this caliber can virtually beat any other horse he stands next to, which can lead to impressive future blood lines. The inherent risk of this, however, is injury. American Pharaoh can also be retired and kept in training simply for recreational purposes rather than sporting and put into breeding. There are an awful lot of owners that would love to breed this horse.

Whichever decision owner Ahmed Zayat decides to do, the future certainly looks bright for both American Pharaoh and Zayat Stables. Winning the Triple Crown does not happen often and this performance certainly will not be forgotten for years to come. Maybe someday soon it will even be repeated?

With the help of American Pharaoh breeding we may also get a glimpse into the future and have a chance to see a horse as faster than Secretariat.