American Pharoah Wins Belmont, Earns Triple Crown

By Vincent Frank

American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

And it really wasn’t even that close:

It was a wire-to-wire win for jockey Victor Espinoza, who becomes the oldest winner of the Triple Crown at the age of 43. Interestingly, American Pharoah becomes the first wire-to-wire winner at the Belmont in 30 years.

Trainer Bob Baffert also earned the Triple Crown after four tries.

In addition to earning the first Triple Crown in 37 years, American Pharoah becomes just the 12th horse to accomplish this feat in the history of horse racing.

Yeah, it was a historic evening in New York City.

Photo: Associated Press