After three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.
Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) card, Churchill Downs registered a 2.46% increase in pari-mutuel handle during its 38-day spring meet.
Even with a pair of grade I races on Santa Anita Park's final Saturday of its spring meeting, the star June 27 was indisputable. American Pharoah was on display on the unusually-muggy Southern California afternoon.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and his jockey, Victor Espinoza, have been nominated for two ESPYS to be presented July 15 during ESPN's annual awards show, the sports broadcast company announced June 24.
If American Pharoah's connections stick to the current plan of returning to the races Aug. 1 or 2, it would be a similarly timed schedule to the most recent Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.
The party's still on for the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years--and the owner, trainer, and jockey.
For the first time since early April, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took a trip around the Santa Anita Park main track the morning of June 20.
American Pharoah will parade at Santa Anita Park June 27, the Arcadia, Calif. track announced June 19. Saturday will also feature four graded stakes, including the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I).
After more than two months away, Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returned to his Southern California home at Santa Anita Park.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was initially hesitant to leave Churchill Downs the morning of June 18 before returning to California to prepare for the next phase of his racing career.
Many of the winners of the undercard stakes run June 6 at Belmont Park will next race at Saratoga, as will Belmont Stakes also-rans. But the West Virginia Derby and Secretariat Stakes could be in the cards for some.
Lenny Shulman talks with owner Ahmed Zayat about American Pharoah's triple crown win. Lenny also describes what it was like to be at Belmont Park, Bob Baffert's training job, and more! watch video
A fund-raising effort helped raise more than $65,000 for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in conjunction with the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Jockey Club announced June 16.
The atmosphere at Belmont Park still lingers with the jubilation that reverberated through the racetrack and captured the nation's imagination with American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep June 6.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah got a day of rest June 14 after parading in front of nearly 30,000 fans over Churchill Downs' main track June 13.
Scenes from June 13, 2015 at Churchill Downs when American Pharoah was paraded, and his connections received their engraved trophies. View Slideshow
On a pleasantly warm June night that Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called "magical," Triple Crown winner American Pharoah paraded before thousands of adoring fans in the Churchill Downs paddock.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took his training up a notch June 13, galloping 1 1/4 miles on the Churchill Downs main track.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is pegged at 3-5 odds with Television Games Network and parent company Betfair to stand for a fee between $175,000 and $200,000 during his first season at Coolmore's Ashford Stud.
Anne M. Eberhardt captured images of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah as he returned to the track on June 12, 2015. read blog
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the center of attention as he gets a bath at Churchill Downs after his first morning back to the track June 12, 2015. Watch Video
For 37 years, the gates to racing's pantheon have remained shut, rusted with time, leaving a number of fallen heroes strewn along its steps. read blog
American Pharoah is scheduled to jog at Churchill Downs June 12, around 6:45 a.m. EDT, in his first appearance on the track since sealing the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I).
With his historic victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) to sweep the Triple Crown, American Pharoah secured the top spot in the fourth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015.
If the connections of American Pharoah were to start the Triple Crown winner in the Mystic Lake Derby, the Shakopee, Minn. track would move the race from the turf to the main track and offer a $2 million purse.
Not only will Triple Crown winner American Pharoah grace the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, but he is also set to appear in the next issue of Vogue, according to owner Ahmed Zayat. Listen Now
A by-the-numbers look at Zayat Stables' American Pharoah's Triple Crown run in which he became the 12th Triple Crown winner completing a sweep of the classics with his June 6 victory in the Belmont Stakes.
American Pharoah fans looking to make the trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for his anticipated Racing Hall of Fame induction will have some time to make those plans.
Social media reactions immediately following American Pharoah's historic victory in the Belmont Stakes which made him the 12th Triple Crown winner.
This week's cover of Sports Illustrated features American Pharoah, whose victory in the June 6 Belmont Stakes Presented by DraftKings (gr. I) marked the first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years.
Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the June 9 baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to parade during the June 13 "Downs After Dark" program at Churchill Downs.
Given record wagering during the opening week of its spring meet, Churchill Downs June 9 announced a 10% hike in overnight purses for the remaining 11 programs of the meeting.
American Pharoah galloped straight into the hearts of racing fans with his hard-fought triumph in the Kentucky Derby and a follow-up romp in the Preakness, but there was nothing like the roar of the crowd after the Belmont. Read More
WinStar Farm president and chief executive officer Elliott Walden discusses the rise of Pioneerof the Nile, sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, into the upper echelon of stallions. Listen Now
American Pharoah's Triple Crown rewards the hard work and dedication of all horsemen. watch video
A glimpse into American Pharoah's victories in the three jewels of the Triple Crown. watch video
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes which races American Pharoah might target this summer and fall. read blog
NBC sportscaster Bob Costas said it's unlikely there will be as much interest in a potential Triple Crown winner if that possibility exists in next year's Belmont Stakes since the elusive feat was accomplished this year
The New York Racing Association says that more than 95% of the $2 win tickets sold at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack on American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) haven't been cashed.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced June 8 that Pimlico Race Course's 37-day spring meet ended June 6 with sharp increases over last year in total and average pari-mutuel handle.
Triple Crown Productions has granted All Pro Championships, Fanatics Authentic, and Steiner Sports rights to produce and distribute officially licensed apparel and other merchandise to commemorate American Pharoah's feat.
In the 37th year since Affirmed swept the classics in 1978, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah toyed with the field of seven other horses to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on the 13-race Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program June 6 totaled $134,839,391, down about 10.2% from last year's Belmont day program, which had the same number of races.
In significant acts of generosity, trainer Bob Baffert and his wife, Jill, along with jockey Victor Espinoza, announced they will donate to several charities following American Pharoah's Triple Crown triumph.
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, unable to prevent a Triple Crown winner for the third time, was full of praise for the feat accomplished June 7 by American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes Presented by DraftKings (gr. I).
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah shipped well the morning of June 7 from New York to Churchill Downs, where he arrived early afternoon with more than 100 fans and members of the media waiting at the barn.
The overnight television rating for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), which produced the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in American Pharoah, was down slightly from last year, according to The Nielsen Company.
Even though they did not win the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), trainers of the horses finishing closest to American Pharoah in his Triple Crown triumph expressed no major disappointments Sunday morning.
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's June 7 activities and plans to parade him on Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs. watch video
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