Kentucky Derby’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has retired but the racetrack fans are still clamoring for the horse to win another race. So with Kentucky Derby opening, here are some fun facts about the most recent Triple Crown Winner.
American Pharoah was born on Groundhog Day
Around 11PM, on Feb 2, 2012. He was born to Dam Littleprincessmma and Damsire Yankee Gentleman.
According to the Jockey Club, his name “American Pharoah” was listed as is.
When his name was registered electronically, it bore the “Pharoah” spelling. Since the name wasn’t taken, even though it was misspelled, it was granted to the horse.
His Triple Crown win is the first since Affirmed won it in 1978
The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, usually shortened to Triple Crown, consists of winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont States by a three-year old thoroughbred horse.
His breeding fee is a whopping $200,000
Earlier this year, this thoroughbred champion has moved to the Ashford Stud to live a peaceful retirement and has since moved on to performing stud duties, Sporting News reports.
You can’t use both Pharoah and Pharaoh in naming your horse anymore
His name is misspelled for the second time during his Triple Crown awarding. The blanket used for the ceremony bore the correctly spelled “Pharaoh” instead of his own “Pharoah.” Due to this, The Jockey Club has reserved both spellings so that no other horse may be registered with the same name.
American Pharoah nearly retired after losing at the Travers
Fortunately, Zayat changed his mind and American Pharoah began training for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to Bloodhorse.
He’s also a Grand Slam winner
Not only did he win a Triple Crown but by bringing home the Breeders Cup Classic, he scored a Grand Slam. He also broke the longstanding track record by finishing by more than five seconds.
It’s the only horse to make it to a people’s list, Top 50 List of Influential American Jews
American Pharoah won awards left and right including the American Horse of the Year for the 2015 Eclipse Awards and Champion Three-Year Old Male Horse. He also landed as Zayat’s plus one on the Jewish Daily Forward’s Top 50 List of Influential American Jews.