Monday, June 8, 2015

Run Like An Egyptian

As afternoon ceded the spotlight to evening on Saturday, history was made at Belmont Park.  American Pharoah did something that no three-year-old thoroughbred had done in almost forty years.  He captured the Triple Crown.  His five-and-one-half length victory in the Belmont Stakes capped off one hell of a spring.  One hell of a spring indeed. 

The last time that a horse achieved what American Pharoah achieved was 1978.  Affirmed nipped Alydar at the wire, which duel capped off the pair's epic-three-race war in that year's Triple Crown.  In the thirty-seven years since, twelve horses had arrived at the Belmont Stakes having won the Triple Crown's first two legs.  Each of the twelve had failed to capture the final leg.  Last year it was California Chrome who tasted success first in Kentucky and then in Maryland before falling short in New York.  There were those who wondered whether any horse could accomplish the task. 

Shortly before 7:00 o'clock on Saturday, with Victor Espinoza aboard, American Pharoah succeeded where California Chrome and the eleven other horses that had tried to gallop in the footsteps of Affirmed had failed.  His run to history was also a journey of redemption for Espinoza, who had fallen short himself in 2002 on War Emblem and in 2014 on California Chrome.  

I know next to nothing about horse racing.  But I know a little bit about history.  And history was made on Saturday evening at Belmont Park.  


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