The American Pharoah team needed a plan. Since 1978, 12 other worthy contenders for the coveted Triple Crown had fallen short on the longer Belmont track, frequently bested by more rested rivals. Think California Chrome last year.
And while no other Triple Crown pick since Affirmed had won the Belmont in 37 years, American Pharoah, standing 16.1 hands or 5 feet, 3 inches at the withers and weighing 1,170 pounds, had several things going for him, starting with his blinding speed.
The bold plan to win.
Naturally, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has known all along that Pharoah’s pedigree includes sire Pioneer of the Nile, who also raced with "a big, long stride" and had "that same springing motion as American Pharoah, whose acceleration is pretty remarkable … (read more