No one will argue that the best thing for horse racing is to have American Pharoah become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. That’s a given.
But in the ultracompetitive world of sports there are seven horses trying to do what is not good for horse racing -- deny the country a historic event that would catapult the sport back in the headlines for maybe even a week.
So that you’re not surprised if another horse ends up in the winner’s circle, here is a look at the horses that will be trying to spoil this feel-good story. American Pharoah, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, is running from Post 5 as the 3-5 morning line favorite.