Five questions about American Pharoah in the wake of Saturday's Triple Crown-securing victory in the 147th Belmont Stakes:
What's next for American Pharoah?
The Triple Crown champion will return to Churchill Downs on Sunday. "Back to the state where he was born," trainer Bob Baffert said.
Will American Pharoah run in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland this October?
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Owner Ahmed Zayat said Saturday his plan is to race the colt for the rest of the year if he stays healthy which, conceivably, means he'll run in Lexington. "We need to enjoy him," Zayat said.
How much money did American Pharoah earn Saturday?
Pharoah won $800,000 for taking first place in the Belmont Stakes, but there's no telling how much a Triple Crown will be worth in the breeding shed when he settles in at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles upon his retirement from racing. Pharoah's $4,530,300 in career earnings on the racetrack might merely scratch the surface of what's to come.
How many horses did American Pharoah have to beat to win the Triple Crown?
Thirty-one. American Pharoah was the only one of them to run the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont.
The most recent Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah, Affirmed in 1978, continued to race for more than a year after winning the Belmont Stakes. How many more races did he run?
Affirmed followed his Triple Crown by winning the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8, 1978. He raced twice more that year, then nine additional times in 1979, concluding his career with seven consecutive victories.