- Chris Costello
American Pharoah, just Classic!!
On Saturday, October 31, I landed at JFK airport around 3:30pm. I was just getting back from my amazing honeymoon with my wife. I was jetlagged, tired and only had one thing on my mind. I needed to get home asap to watch American Pharoah in the Breeders' Cup Classic race. I sat in the car that picked us up just staring at my phone and double-checking the post time. We made it home before 5pm with around 35 minutes until the race, but now we were going to see our nephews and nieces because it was Halloween. We rushed over to their house and as we were greeted by family, I quietly snuck into the tv room just in time for the race. As American Pharoah ran around that track so many thoughts came to mind. His winning the triple crown, meeting him in person at Del Mar racetrack, and all this happenning the same year I got married. It was amazing. What I also noticed as I watched him push down the stretch to win by 6 1/2 lengths, was how lucky we are. How lucky we are, to witness watching someone doing something that they love so much, and be the best at it. American Pharoah is happiest when running around that oval. When he finishes his races as clean as a whistle and his ears are pricked up, it really is an astonishing site to see. The picture above was taken just before the Belmont Stakes race. I have never seen a horse that focused in my life. I knew he was going to win that day. Its been an amazing year in racing and American Pharoah, I applaude you for that and everything you have done this year and accomplished. He is now at Ashford for the next stage of his career to breed and to enjoy retirement. A huge part of me thinks he will definitely miss running around that oval on a beautiful Saturday afternoon wih thousands screaming with pure excitement. AP I wish you the best and I thank you again. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see you again when I am down in Kentucky.