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At Downs After Dark, crowds clamor for a glimpse of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Below the Twin Spires, the energy at Churchill Downs was electric again Saturday night as fans welcomed Triple Crown champion American Pharoah back to the dirt where he started his quest.

The real show at this weekend's Downs After Dark was American Pharoah's grand walk into the sunset beneath the twin spires.

"We are out here to see American Pharoah," fans echoed one after another.

It's a name that has been woven into horse racing history and the the chance to see the three-year-old superstar, even just for a few minutes had people pulling out their cameras and finding a good seat in the grandstand.

"I think it's going to be fantastic," a fan said. "You know history was made here."

From the young to the old, The Triple Crown Winner is bringing a new found popularity to the track.

For some people, the opportunity to see American Pharoah is their very first time to Churchill Downs.

"I've never been. This is the closest I've ever been to Churchill Downs," Michael Cockerell said.

"This is actually the first time we've been to Downs After Dark too -- so this is a pretty neat event. It's great for our city," said Korey Compton.

Churchill Downs also presented jockey Victor Espinoza, trainer Bob Baffert and owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat with their engraved Kentucky Derby trophies.

Only time will tell if American Pharoah will become a legend, but after going 37 years without a Triple Crown champion, most people think it's a done deal.

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