American Pharoah Wins Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown
ELMONT, N.Y., June 6 (UPI) — American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and with it the first Triple Crown in 37 years.
American Pharoah, winner of the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, led the whole way at Belmont, finishing the 1 1/2-mile run in 2:26.65. Frosted was second; Keen Ice came in third.
The 3-year-old colt is only the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, but was the favorite going into the 147th Belmont on Saturday.
Jockey Victor Espinoza rode American Pharoah for all three wins.
Espinoza rode California Chrome to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness last year, but finished in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont. Espinoza was also War Emblem’s jockey when he failed to win the Triple Crown in 2002.
He is the first Hispanic to win the Triple Crown, according to ESPN.
American Pharaoh is trained by Bob Baffer and owned by Zayat Stables.