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After Triple Crown, horse racing 'in a little bit of awe' of American Pharoah

After Triple Crown, horse racing 'in a little bit of awe' of American Pharoah

It simply took the right horse. Just like everyone else, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wondered if winning the Triple Crown had become impossible. Had the modern thoroughbred become too weak to handle the grind of three difficult races in five weeks? Were the fresh fields of competitors too much? Then, he met a 2-year-old named American Pharoah, who ran with the sort of effortless sizzle found in only the greatest champions. For all the wonderful horses Baffert had trained, he'd never seen anything like it. On top of his speed, the horse shipped all over the country without losing a step or becoming ornery. "It's not the breed," Baffert said at a news...

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