American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise

by Joe Drape


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History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

Written by an award-winning New York Times sportswriter, American Pharoah is the definitive account not only of how the ethereal colt won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, but how he changed lives. Through extensive interviews, Drape explores the making of an exceptional racehorse, chronicling key events en route to history. Covering everything from the flamboyant owner's successful track record, the jockey's earlier heartbreaking losses, and the Hall of Fame trainer's intensity, Drape paints a stirring portrait of a horse for the ages and the people around him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316268844
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Joe Drape is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times, twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for outstanding coverage of horse racing. In 2012, he co-authored the New York Times series "Breakdown: Death & Disarray at American Racetracks" that prompted widespread reform in drug rules and penalties. Its companion documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award.

He is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Our Boys; the inaugural winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, Black Maestro; and more recently, American Pharaoh. A native of Kansas City and graduate of Rockhurst High School, Drape earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Southern Methodist University. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Authors Note ix

1 A Brief Encounter 1

2 Groundhog Day 12

3 The "Get-Out" Horse 28

4 Get Him Out of Here 52

5 A Long Summer 62

6 Blinkers On; Blinkers Off 76

7 A Rocket Ship! 91

8 Two Turns? 106

9 Better Lucky Than Smart 115

10 He's Ready 131

11 Barn 33 143

12 The First Saturday in May 164

13 Old Hilltop 178

14 The Sport without a Star Is Not a Sport 193

15 Test of a Champion 206

16 The Victory Lap 224

17 The Graveyard of Champions 235

18 California Dreaming 245

19 The Last Waltz 250

Epilogue 255

Acknowledgments 259

Glossary of Horse Racing Terms 261

Appendices 265

Appendix A The Pedigree of American Pharoah 266

Appendix B The official chart for the 2015 Kentucky Derby 267

Appendix C The official chart for the 2015 Preakness Stakes 269

Appendix D The official chart for the 2015 Belmont Stakes 270

Appendix E The official chart for the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic 271

Appendix F American Pharoah's Lifetime Past Performances 272

Appendix G American Pharoah's Lifetime Workouts 273

Notes on Sources and Selected Bibliography 275

Photo Credits 279

Index 281

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