Triple Crown winner American Pharoah won his first race since the Belmont Stakes on Sunday, finishing first in the Haskell Invitiational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
As the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, American Pharoah was the heavy favorite in the Haskell, going off at 1/9 odds. He was ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, who also guided the horse during all three Triple Crown races and is now undefeated in eight races atop American Pharoah.
American Pharoah spent much of the race in second place but pulled ahead in the final turn and won by three lengths.
The purse for the race was $1.75 million.
It is unclear how many more times owner Bob Baffert will have American Pharoah race before he is retired for a career at stud.
- Dan Gartland