Espinoza, who last month rode American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown in 37 years, has been on a whirlwind tour that has taken him to some of the peaks of pop culture stardom.
The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years has been feted all over the country — as have his owner, trainer and jockey. The biggest question, though, is regarding what comes next for the prized colt.
Bob Baffert’s phone is ringing with calls from racetracks eager to have the trainer bring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to their places.
A hero’s welcome greeted Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in Kentucky on Sunday, the first of many such receptions expected for the sporting world’s newest superstar.
The Triple Crown celebration is on.
Twelve horses before him have tried to complete the sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and failed since 1978. Now it’s American Pharoah’s turn.
Pursuing the first Triple Crown in 37 years, American Pharoah, who landed in the No. 5 post position, was made the early 3-5 favorite to win Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
Espinoza, who picked up victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard American Pharoah, will try to win the Triple Crown for the third time on Saturday after failing to do so in 2002 and last year.
The colt will likely face seven of his rivals from the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, while two other formidable entries will be in the field for the Belmont Stakes on June 6.
A driving rain didn’t matter for American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza, as the two will have a chance to win the first Triple Crown in 37 years after winning the Preakness Stakes on Saturday evening.
Breeder Ahmed Zayat’s first Kentucky Derby winner will have a chance to pursue racing’s first Triple Crown in 37 years in the running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, the brown colt rallied in the stretch to beat Firing Line by a length Saturday and deliver trainer Bob Baffert’s fourth Kentucky Derby win and first since 2002.