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American Pharoah wins Triple Crown, ends 37-year drought

American Pharoah wins Triple Crown, ends 37-year drought

American Pharoah broke one of the most famous dry spells in sports Saturday, joining Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed as one of 12 Triple Crown winners in thoroughbred racing history. He did it with a brilliant wire-to-wire win in the Belmont Stakes, the grueling 1 1/2-mile test that had stopped 13 gifted contenders over the past 37 years. For more than a year, seasoned observers had told owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert that they were raising a potential all-time great. American Pharoah — a muscular brown colt marked by his short tail and misspelled name — left no doubt on the biggest stage possible. “He's just a great horse,” Baffert...

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