American Pharoah in record Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph
American Pharoah bowed out of racing by leading all the way to win Saturday’s Grade I $US5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (10f) in record time at Keeneland.
Completing the first six furlongs in 1:11.21, American Pharoah shook off Effinex before the home turn and drew away under Victor Espinoza to score by 6-1/2 lengths in 2:00.07 on the new dirt track – easily surpassing the previous best at the track of 2:05.36.
Effinex hung on for second with Honor Code coming from last to fill the minor prize.
Trainer Bob Baffert told ESPN it was the end of a fairy tale.
“It’s a horse racing fairy tale, and I just happen to be in it,” Baffert said.
“It’s a lot of pressure to train a horse like this because I didn’t want to let the horse down and I didn’t want to let the fans down.
“He gave everyone what they came to see today, that’s what horse racing is about.
“That’s the beauty of the Breeders’ Cup, it’s tough to win and you’d better come with a good horse.”
American Pharoah retires to Ashford Stud in Kentucky having won nine of 11 starts and earned $8,650,300.