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American Pharoah swings for fences in final race

American Pharoah swings for fences in final race

A career highlighted by dominance could not end with a defeat.

That was the motivation behind American Pharoah’s entrance in Saturday afternoon’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY.

The Triple Crown-winning horse, trained by La Cañada Flintridge’s Bob Baffert, made sure he went out a winner as he smoked an eight-horse field, winning by 6 1/2 lengths in the final race of his career.

The victory came in a course-record time of 2 minutes, 00.07 seconds, which shattered the old record of 2:05.36. With the triumph, American Pharoah becomes the first-ever horse to win the “Grand Slam” of horse racing, which...