LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- History was made when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, after a 37 year drought for horse racing. New York Times sports writer Joe Drape goes beyond the headlines and big victories to explain the challenges faced by the horse, the owners and the jockey. His victory in the Belmont Stakes changed racing and the lives of all his connections.
"American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise" chronicles the prophecy of Frances Relihan, an Irish horsewoman who cared for American Pharoah as a weanling and recognized his champion spirit. And the book follows Pharoah's disasterous career start as a two year old to his Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes victories.
The Eclipse Award-winning horse writer covers other little known items in American Pharoah's life including:
-How Zayat, desperate for cash for his bankrupt stable, tried to sell American Pharoah at auction long before he hit the racetrack, but instead had to buy him back when no bids came in for the colt who, days before the sale, developed a swollen ankle.
-How the owners of the Florida training farm where American Pharoah learned his first lessons, could not wait to get him on their property. American Pharoah was too fast and too talented and they were afraid he would get hurt before getting to the races.
-How jockey Victor Espinoza was trainer Bob Baffert's fifth choice to ride American Pharoah. The pair had fallen out after nearly winning the Triple Crown in 2002.
-How after American Pharoah suffered a serious injury to his knee in 2015, neither Baffert or Zayat thought the colt would ever run again, prompting Zayat to sell the breeding rights to American Pharoah in January - five months before the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown - costing him tens of millions in potential earnings.
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