Poor American Pharoah.
First, as detailed by the Louisville Courier-Journal, his name forever became American Pharoah instead of the traditional spelling of American Pharaoh after a fan submitted the name through a contest and it was digitally granted as written.
But now, even after becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, it seems everyone didn't get that memo.
The horse was recently given its Triple Crown blanket, with one problem. Pharoah was spelled the traditionally correct way of “Pharaoh,” which is the incorrect way for the horse. Following?
But this story has a happy ending. According to Jennie Rees of the Courier-Journal, Churchill Downs, which was not responsible for the blanket mixup, has already ordered a new, correctly (or incorrectly, depending on which way you're looking at this) spelled blanket for American Pharoah.
If it makes American Pharoah feel any better, he can take comfort that his name was spelled properly on his Sports Illustrated cover.
- Molly Geary