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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.