After a Wednesday morning drawing at Rockefeller Center in New York City, American Pharoah will fly out of gate number five in Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah has the chance to win the Triple Crown; the first since 1978.
Trainer Bob Baffert was anxious before the drawing; hoping not to draw the number one spot. His luck pulled through as his star-studded thoroughbred will start off in the middle of the pack. It is possible that his horse will have a commanding early lead since he is beginning in the fastest position, which allows him to use his tactical speed.
Jockey Victor Espinoza said he had to run American Pharoah out of the number one gate quickly to get off the rail before the first turn at Preakness. For Belmont, the start position will allow the blistering-fast horse to accelerate past the others to claim a dominant lead early in the race. Espinoza stated, “I’m feeling lucky this year.”
American Pharoah arrived at the one-and-a-half mile track on Tuesday after a two-week training period in Kentucky. He is now a 3-5 morning line favorite.
By Alex Lemieux
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