In a small field of only eight horses in today’s Belmont Stakes, American Pharaoh broke fast from the gate, claiming the lead immediately and holding onto it throughout the race. He stretched his lead to five and half lengths after the final turn, finishing the mile and a half in 2:26.65.
For those keeping track, that means Secretariat’s 1973 record of 2:24 still stands. Only a few other horses have had faster times than American Pharaoh’s in the Belmont, the longest of the Triple Crown races. They included A.P. Indy in 1992, with a time of 2:26.13, and Easy Goer in 1989 with 2:26.
For Jockey Victor Espinoza, 43, it was obviously his first Triple Crown win. Congratulations to him and owner Ahmed Zayat.
Enjoy some history-making horse action, LU Nation.