American Pharoah named world’s top racehorse

Tuesday January 19th, 2016

American Pharoah was named the world’s top racehorse by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities on Tuesday.

“It’s a Cinderella ending to a Cinderella story,” owner Ahmed Zayat told The Associated Press. “To have this kind of acceptance internationally, and to get the recognition that you are the No. 1 in the world, is a true fairytale.”

On Saturday, American Pharoah was also named the U.S. Horse of the Year and three-year-old male champion at the Eclipse Awards in Florida.

After winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah captured the first Triple Crown in 37 years in June.

• Sports Illustrated's Achievement of the Year 2015: American Pharoah

Golden Horn finished as the world’s second-best horse, after winning the Epsom Derby, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

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