American Pharoah wins the coveted Triple Crown

Jun 6, 2015 8:14 PM by Ross Field

NEW YORK (AP) - The 37-year wait is over.

American Pharoah is the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978, and he made it look easy. After winning the Kentucky Derbyand Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah has won the Belmont Stakes wire to wire. He easily bested seven rivals in the "Test of a Champion," leading the mile-and a-half Belmont Stakes every step of the way.

Winning jockey Victory Espinoza took the lead at the start, and never let up. He scored a comfortable victory over Frosted. At 43, he is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

Trainer Bob Baffert captured the Triple Crown for the first time after three previous times losing the Belmont with a horse that had won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

"He's just a great horse," Baffert said moments after the race.

A crowd of about 90,000 at Belmont Race Track roared the entire race, and didn't let up cheering while American Pharoah was cooling off after the race.

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