The best race of all

American Pharoah* becomes first Triple Crown winner in 37 years

Joe Drape, writing for the New York Times, makes the victory as well as the build-up to it, sound poetic. His word pictures are painted in the style of Degas. Even the stench of sweat —- a mixture of jockey’s and horse’s —- manages to be aromatic. Listen closely and you can hear the roar of the crowd of 90,000.

Jockey Victor Espinoza,  trainer Bob Baffert, and owner Ahmed Zayat had plenty to celebrate Saturday as 3-year-old colt American Pharoah won the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. With the 5 ½ length triumph, Pharoah becomes the first horse to capture the Triple Crown since 1978 —- sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

American Pharoah joins the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978).

Drape’s skillful depictions of the events are likely to turn many indifferent to racing into aficionados.

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*Yes, the name is misspelled.


6 Responses to The best race of all

  1. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Watching the run-up to the race yesterday, the misspelling was mentioned. Oh well, we can’t always be perfect even though we’d rather see it done right.

    The race, even for someone like me who doesn’t follow horse racing, was very exciting. Ninety-thousand people made Belmont Park rumble when American ‘Pharoah’ won. Was wonderful to see that many people agree on something.

    Here’s an article on the trainer who lives in Nogales, AZ.–arizona-into-a-legend-024018936.html

  2. Matt DeGennaro says:

    I’ve heard politics described as a horse race, but horses don’t lie and brutalize their rivals. (McCain’s tactics)

    I enjoyed this post since I was one of those anticipating this race and cheering this glorious pony!!
    One point not made here is that the advance sold out tickets were actually limited to 90,000 this year.

  3. azgary says:

    and according to the obamabots, the triple crown winner is all because of the messiah Obama:
    “Former Obama Advisor, New CNN Contributor Touts New Obama Accomplishment… A Triple Crown Winner…

    Another accomplishment…..Obama first President to have a Triple Crown winner since Carter

    Dan Pfeiffer is a former advisor to President Obama and was just hired to be a contributor to CNN.”


    you just cant make this stuff up, these obamabots and their worship of the One is truly insane

    • Hometown Guy says:

      Unbelievable!! This nuttiness had (mercifully) escaped my notice. “Liberalism,” as Mark Levin correctly says, ” is a mental disorder.”

  4. Standing Tall says:

    After watching replays of the race, I’m becoming an enthusiast! The horses are magnificent and the energy level is contagious.

    This could be a good pursuit for me now that McCain’s folks were able to get me ousted as a precinct committeeman after years of dedicated service to the AZ Republican Party. Not even a “sorry to see you go ” message to any of us who were ‘cleansed” from the GOP ranks from chairman Robert McGraham. We have all wasted our time.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    The New York Post has reported that a lot of folks holding winning tickets have decided not to cash them in.
    A piece of history.