The 37 year wait is over. Saturday June 6th met our 12th Triple Crown Winner ending the longest drought in history. It was Affirmed who last completed the feat in 1978 and more than 90,000 people arrived yesterday at Belmont Stakes to see history happen once again.
American Pharaoh sat back on the starting gate and was late when the doors opened marking the only second that doubted his superiority. The remanding 2 minutes 25 seconds he showed the world that he would be crowned again.
No other horse could stick beside him and no one doubted that he was going to take it home. As Victor Espinoza his 43 year old rider saw the long stretch in front of him, the 90,000 spectators got on their toes holding their breath as he dropped the reins on his colt and let American Pharaoh take him to the finish line winning by five and a half lengths, in 2 minutes 26.65 seconds.
Espinoza looked very confident in the saddle. “You don’t even feel him,” he said. “It feels like you are going in slow motion.” When he was a boy in Mexico he feared horses and now was marking history riding his greatest gift. “He was right in the lead where I wanted to be, in front of everybody,” Espinoza said.
American Pharaoh will be in the history books as the 12th Triple Crown Winner who finished the track in 2 minutes 26.65 seconds but the most beautiful reminder will be the long waited triumph that had finally arrived leaving many with tears in their eyes.