37 years after Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, American Pharoah pulled off an amazing victory to become the 12th horse to claim the title.
This was trainer, Bob Baffert’s fourth attempt at a Triple Crown winner. It was also jockey, Victor Espinoza’s third opportunity to win the Triple Crown. With this win, Espinoza, age 43, is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.
American Pharoah’s official time was 2 minutes 26.65 seconds and he won by 5 1/2 lengths. The world record and track record for the Belmont Stakes is held by Secretariat, who also won the Triple Crown in 1973. He completed the race in 2 minutes 24.00 seconds and won by 31 lengths.