ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Less than 24 hours after joining the exclusive Triple Crown club, Belmont Stakes champion American Pharoah appeared ready for the next challenge.
“Looking at the horse today, he looked pretty darn good for a horse that just ran a mile and a half,” trainer Bob Baffert told reporters on Sunday. “He’s a tough horse. Today he looked like he could run back in three weeks.”
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes wire-to-wire on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ in nearly four decades.
In winning a seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown in nearly four decades.
In winning his seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and the first since Affirmed in 1978.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah seeks to become the first winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in nearly four decades when he takes on seven rivals in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes later on Saturday.
The last horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978 and American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat thinks his colt could end the long drought.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could hardly contain his elation over the final workout by Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah before Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
“He looked like a monster out there,” Baffert told reporters after the colt’s gallop on Friday at Belmont Park. “I am really happy with the way he went. He’s still sharp.”
(Reuters) – American Pharoah is closing in on his chance to end a record drought of Triple Crown winners at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and guarantee his place in the pantheon of racing greats.
Regally bred and just a little bit skittish, American Pharoah will face seven challengers in the 147th running of the 1-1/2 mile race, aptly dubbed “The Graveyard of Champions.”
(Reuters) – The NCAA alleges the University of North Carolina committed serious academic fraud violations between 2002 and 2011, including a lack of institutional control over staff members who arranged improper benefits for student-athletes.
In some cases, the special arrangements helped ensure the academic eligibility of athletes who were at risk of losing it, particularly in football and men’s and women’s basketball, according to the 59-page notice of allegations released by the university on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday rejected a request by the players union that he recuse himself as the arbitrator in the “Deflategate” appeal of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, was suspended by the NFL for four games next season in connection with a scheme to deflate footballs in January’s AFC championship game.
(Reuters) – American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat welcomes a field of fresh horses for Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes, saying that his battled-tested colt will “have to earn it” to end a nearly four-decade Triple Crown drought.
“In order to define greatness, you have to do things that have not been done,” Zayat told Reuters in a telephone call. “He needs to prove that he’s a cut above.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of U.S. Soccer said he was “disappointed” that Sepp Blatter was re-elected on Friday as president of FIFA but added he would continue to seek “meaningful change” within the embattled organization.
Blatter, 79, secured a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat in the vote at the annual congress of world soccer’s governing body in Zurich.