American Pharoah became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 and 12th overall to win horse-racing’s Triple Crown Saturday in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.
American Pharoah finished 5 1/2 lengths ahead of second-place Frosted while Keen Ice was third.
The 3-year-old bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile completed one of the most difficult feats in sports, leading wire to wire to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown. He earlier won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, all in a span of five weeks.
American Pharoah ended a streak of 13 horses that came to Belmont with a chance but could not successfully navigate the 1 1/2-mile race called the Test of the Champions on a track called Big Sandy.
Emotional trainer Bob Baffert said he wished his parents were there to see history being made. “I just feel like I have a very special horse,” he said. “It wasn’t me; it was the horse.”