BREEDERS' CUP | American Pharoah makes history with win in Breeders' Cup Classic
10/31/2015 10:12 PM
The Champ goes out on top. In an instantly iconic moment in sporting history, Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah goes wire to wire in a winning effort in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to complete the first ever horse racing grand slam.
It was the perfect ending for the career of a horse that captured the nation’s heart with wins in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont earlier this year. It was fitting that a horse foaled in Lexington, wins the premier race of the first Breeders’ Cup held in the thoroughbred breeding capitol of the world. Pharoah is now off to the stud farm after his 6 1/2 length victory. His racing career comes to a close with nine wins in his 11 starts.
Pharoah jumped out to an early lead and kept it the length of the race. Long shot Effinex came in second with Honor Code rounding out the horses in the money.
The win comes nine weeks after American Pharoah lost the Travers in Saratoga.
“I’m so proud of the horse, but (also) a sense of relief,” American Pharoah Trainer Bob Baffert said. “After that last race, I was really down on myself. I thought he was doing really well, enough to win that race and he was just a little flat. We had that extra time, got him ready. When he’s right, you saw what he can do.”