American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown


History was made at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 6, in the 147th Running of the Belmont Stakes with American Pharoah, the horse with the misspelled name and a too-short tail, earned the Triple Crown, something that hasn’t been accomplished since 1978. For some racing fans, this was their first time witnessing a Triple Crown victory, a triumph, albeit seemingly elusive, was proven achievable by American Pharoah and his jockey Victor Espinoza.

Frosted, winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, ran valiantly to finish second, two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Keen Ice, but was no match for American Pharoah.

Keen Ice, seventh in the Derby, gave trainer Dale Romans his second consecutive third-place finish in the Belmont and fourth overall.

Mubtaahij, winner of the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby and eighth in the Derby, checked home fourth, followed by Frammento, Madefromlucky, Tale of Verve and Materiality.

All-sources combined betting totals on Belmont Stakes Day, which saw American Pharoah become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, was the second-highest in the history of the New York Racing Association (NYRA), with $134,839,391 wagered on Saturday’s 13-race card at Belmont Park, according to a NYRA spokesperson.

On-track wagering was more than $16.8 million, also the second-highest in history, with off-track betting totaling more than $117.9 million.

Total handle on the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, was the second-highest in history, with $81,681,147 wagered on the race that crowned American Pharoah as racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed.

More than $6.6 million was wagered at Belmont Park with off-track betting totaling $75 million.

Last year, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome’s failed bid at racing immortality in the 1 ½-mile Belmont saw record all-sources handle of more than $151 million and record on-track handle of more than $19 million on the card. Total handle on the “Test of the Champion” itself was $90 million, also a record.

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