American Pharoah Wins Haskell Effortlessly | Triple Crown Champ Cruises Towards Breeders Cup
American Pharoah delivered an unbelievable performance in the 1 1/8 mile, $1.75 Million Haskell Invitational (G1), overcoming a front-running Competitive Edge around the second turn EFFORTLESSLY. Watch for yourself…
The Triple Crown champ is back, big time. Monster Alert! His eighth straight victory, The Haskell is a Breeders Cup Classic “Win and you’re in” race, giving him a berth in the Classic and waiving his entry fees. His only real test to remain is older Grade 1 horses, and the BC Classic may be the only time he faces them. A victory there would make him the first “Grand Slam winner”. Whether or not he’ll have a race in between the Haskell and the BC Classic on October 31st is yet to be decided.
Yep! American Pharoah lived up to the favouritism in the Kentucky Derby just as Gleneagles did earlier in the 2,000 Guineas! American Pharoah, son of 2009 Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof The Nile, gave breeder/owner Zayat Stables their first Derby, jockey Victor Espinoza his third (and second consecutive) and trainer Bob Baffert his fourth. 2 May 2015.
Firing Line and Gary Stevens (pink cap) finished second, the winner’s stable companion Dortmund and Martin Garcia (dark blue cap) third, Godolphin’s adorable Frosted and Joel Rosario fourth. My lovely Mubtaahij baby and Christophe Soumillon finished eighth. Full result here.
I spent the better part of a day with jockey Victor Espinoza last week shooting some portraits and following him through his day as he prepared and then raced at Santa Anita. He is such a friendly, humble man and I couldn’t be more excited about his prospects for winning the Triple Crown with American Pharaoh tomorrow. Good luck Victor. The full story and gallery of images can be seen here on ESPN.com