One of the longest dry spells in sporting history, and we are not talking about the Chicago Cubs and the World Series, is over as American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. It is the first time in 37 years a horse has earned all three jewels. American Pharoah joins Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed as one of 12 Triple Crown winners in the history of thoroughbred racing.
The tireless horse went wire-to-wire in the long and grueling Belmont Stakes, which has stopped Triple Crown contenders cold as fresh horses entered the fields, but pulled away from the field in the stretch.
In winning by 5 1/2 lengths, Amerian Pharoah paid $3.50 to win, $2.80 and $2.50. Runner-up Frosted paid $3.50 and $2.90. Third-place finisher Keen Ice paid $4.60.