He did it again, guys. In pure casual fashion, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah romped home in the Haskell Invitational yesterday in his first race since the Belmont in June.
In an interview before the race, owner Ahmed Zayat said that it was never a question on whether or not the Pioneerofthenile colt would race again after the Triple Crown — he wants America to enjoy their horse, and that’s exactly what they did yesterday.
Victor Espinoza basically eased American Pharoah the whole way down the stretch after making his move at the top of the final turn to overtake early leader Competitive Edge. After that, American Pharoah cantered home with his ears pricked to take home the win by about three lengths over a hard closing Keen Ice.
The objective was to save some gas in the tank for the next race, which may be a final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic in October. We’re still in awe of everything this phenomenal horse has accomplished, and it’s a treat to see his owners letting him continue his racing career when he could easily be raking in the millions in the breeding shed.
Where do you want to see AP race next on his way to the Breeders’ Cup?