Making history on Saturday American Pharoah won the 2015 Belmont Stakes to become just the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown. American Pharoah entered the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes as the heavy favorite and was able to outrun the 8-horse field to secure a place in history.
The horse started off in the No. 5 gate at the start of the race and immediately went ahead. The good weather, was to American Pharoah's advantage-- he maintained the lead the entire race. He is the first horse since 1978 to win the coveted Triple Crown. Many horse have won the first two races, but few have accomplished these difficult feat.
Victor Espinoza, 43, is AP's jockey and is the oldest jockey and first Latino to win the triple crown.
This was Espinoza's third time going for the Triple Crown and as they say, the third time was definitely the charm.
Espinoza told CNN:
"I came here with a lot of confidence, more confidence than the last two (Triple Crown attempts)," he said. "That trophy it caused me a lot of stress ... but the third time was the charm."
And if you were wondering.. yes.. Pharoah's name is spelled wrong on purpose. The bad spelling came from a spelling mistake in the horse's paperwork.
According to the Courier-Journal of Lousiville 'a fan submitted the name of the horse during an online contest, and spelled "pharaoh" wrong. The woman later told media outlets she checked the spelling before she submitted the name.'
After that, it just stuck. With the recent Triple Crown win, I don't think there will be a name change anytime soon.