We’ve seen twelve fast horses — good horses, beloved horses, excellent horses — all make runs at the Triple Crown. They all faded or were squeezed past in Belmont Park’s unforgiving stretch.
Only a great horse could win the most elusive trophy in sports. American Pharoah made it look easy, but it wasn’t. Watch this video again. This time, watch the other horses.
They didn’t hand it to him. They’re running all out.
A Tweet from jockey Gary Stevens, who’s seen good horses come and go for decades pretty much tells the tale. When one of those most competitive people on the planet says, in this quote from America’s Best Racing’s Twitter account:
I retweeted it. That’s why you see my name on it.
Anyway, for when Twitter eventually breaks the link, I want to repeat Stevens’s quote so the words remain here for as long as I have this website:
“That’s a hell of a horse. The race was over in the third jump from the gate.”
Congratulations to the Zayats, the Bafferts, the Espinozas, and the crew back at the barn.
For more about the race, here are links to articles by two of America’s premier turf writers.
- Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated
- Joe Drape of the New York Times
- Laura Hillenbrand for NPR says what I said much more eloquently. I should’ve waited just for her. 🙂