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Thousands watch American Pharoah's triumph at Churchill Downs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Underneath the watchful twin spires of Churchill Downs, thousands gathered Saturday to hopefully witness history.And they weren't disappointed.

"First Triple Crown winner since 1978," one fan said. "It was pretty awesome."

Following the final race of the day at Churchill, American Pharoah's gallop toward history was played on the big screen.

For some, Pharoah's win means a pay out at the betting windows, but for others, the significance runs deeper.

"My father was 29 years old when Affirmed won," one persons aid. "He texted me this morning and said, 'Well you're 29 years old, you're about to witness history. Have fun.' 

"And we're having fun."

Fun may be an understatement for those at Churchill late Saturday afternoon.

The small crowd by Kentucky Derby standards did its best to bring American Pharoah down the home stretch.

"To be at Churchill where he won the first leg? To be here? If you can't be at Belmont this is the place to be," one fan said.

While chasing the Triple Crown has been the talk of the horse racing community for over a month now, many believe this win will echo through all of the sports community.

And maybe, just maybe, keep the next generation coming back to the track.

"Triple Crown ... It's going to get everyone excited," a horse racing fan said. 

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