Can American Pharaoh Win The Triple Crown?Josh Bailey
American Pharoah sloshed his way to a 7 length victory in the 2015 Preakness Stakes and now has a chance to become only the twelfth Triple Crown winner in the history of the sport. American Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert, has been here before. He failed at winning the Crown with Silver Charm in 1997. A year later he failed to win the Crown with Real Quiet after Real Quiet lost by a nose to Victory Gallop. In 2000, War Emblem stumbled leaving the gate and lost all chance at winning the Test of Champions.
But, Bob Baffert, and many horse racing enthusiasts, believe that this is his best chance at winning the Triple Crown. The other horses just weren’t of the same caliber as American Pharoah. The Eclipse Award winning two-year-old champion is undefeated save for a loss in his very first race, a maiden event at Santa Anita. He’s won over various conditions: wet tracks, dry tracks, and from various post-positions. He won from post-position 18 in the Kentucky Derby. He won from the rail in the Preakness Stakes.
2015 Belmont Stakes
Date: June. 6, 2015
Start Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Distance: 1 1⁄2 miles (12 furlongs)
Purse: US $1.5 million – 1st: $800,000
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American Pharoah looks like a Triple Crown winner. What’s most impressive is the fact that he was likely carrying close to 135 pounds when beating his competition in the Preakness. The rain that hit Baltimore right before the race sent water into the boots, into the saddle, into anywhere that it could get to, inflating the weight that every horse carried during the running of the Second Jewel in the Triple Crown. With all of the weight, American Pharoah still managed to run a 102 Beyer Speed Figure.
That’s amazingly impressive. As always in the Belmont, the key for American Pharoah’s dance with destiny will be the new shooters. Frosted, the fourth place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, and Materiality, the sixth place finisher, are both scheduled to run in the Belmont. Madefromlucky, who looked like a much improved horse when winning the Peter Pan, is also likely to be entered. Horse racing fans also shouldn’t discount the chances of Mubtaahij, the UAE Derby winner that finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby
Frosted, Materiality, Mubtaahij and Madefromlucky are legitimate challengers to American Pharoah’s quest for the Crown. But the horse has responded to anything thrown his way so far and the guess here is that he’ll find a way to beat the competition on June 6.
Early 2015 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
- American Pharoah 2/3
- Carpe Diem 6/1
- Frosted 6/1
- Materiality 8/1
- Conquest Curlinate 10/1
- Keen ice 10/1
- Madefromlucky 10/1
- Mubtaahij 15/1