American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) romped an easy winner of the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on Saturday to end a 37-year drought and become the 12th Triple Crown winner. The Zayat Stables homebred was 5 1/2 lengths clear of his closest rival on the wire while finishing 1 1/2 miles over the fast Belmont Park dirt in 2:26.65.
Dan Patch, the distinguished racing horse of his time, was foaled in Oxford, Indiana on April 1896 and died in July, Dan Patch broke 14 world records in the early He was a standard bred American stallion sired by Joe Patchen and his dam Zelica.
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.
A great horse and a great jockey. I missed these historic, Triple Crown race highlights on the news. --American Pharoah gave jockey Victor Espinoza his second straight, and third overall, Derby victory (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)