American Pharoah ended his illustrious career in style this afternoon, absolutely blowing a stacked Breeders’ Cup Classic field away to win his final race before retiring.
After losing to Keen Ice in the Travers earlier this summer, Pharoah had some time to take a breath in between races, not racing again until today. This has long been the set swan song for “America’s Horse,” who stole our hearts when he won the Triple Crown this spring.
American Pharoah won the Classic by 6 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:00.07, shattering the former Keeneland record by more than five seconds. “It’s a horse racing fairy tale and I just happen to be in it,” trainer Bob Baffert said to ESPN following the race.
Race fans all over the country are celebrating this wonder horse — truly a once in a lifetime athlete. Even at Galway, we delayed our CCI3* press conference so we could have time to watch the race.
Now, American Pharoah will enjoy his well-earned retirement. While I’m sure we would all love to see more from him, we still have many memories made from a horse who truly loved what he does.
Thanks for the memories, AP.