Last Saturday we saw the downfall of the most popular horse in decades. American Pharoah came into the Travers Stakes off of a nine race in streak, if we want to count winning America’s heart, but couldn’t get it done at the Graveyard of Champions. It used to be the Graveyard of Favorites, but someone got it wrong once then everyone just kind of rolled with.
“Did you see that! It was great!” said Keen Ice after he settled back into his stall. “It was a lot like the Derby and Belmont with those two. Thought I had him in the Haskell too, until I realized he was actually being geared down at the end. But this time, oh man. I knew I had them this time.”
It was not the same story for the champ. “It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before,” American Pharoah sighed when he finally met with the press Sunday morning. “I am mortified. I’ve never been beaten like that.” In his first race, American Pharoah finished fifth, but it wasn’t the same. He went back into his stall and sulked until he got back onto the plane.
The trip home had a pit stop in Kentucky to let Pharoah see Keen Ice’s big butt one more time as he got off the plane before heading heading back to California.
Keen Ice’s plans future include the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, which would just be too appropriate, but after that who knows.
“He’s tired, I mean come on did you see that race? Plus, he hasn’t been sold to stud yet so we can’t tarnish his race record which so far is a solid two wins,” said trainer Dale Romans before the horse loaded onto the plane.
American Pharoah’s plans are a little more up in the air. After already being sold to stand at Ashford at the end of this year, the rest of his racing season is unknown. Its common knowledge that the more a horse races the less valuable his breeding stock becomes, even if they won the Triple Crown for the first time in nearly 40 years.
“I mean, we really look to stand horses who races as little as possible but dazzled the most,” said Ashford’s director of bloodstock Aisling Duignan, “Thats why we generally go for the two year old champs like Uncle Mo, Hansen, Lookin’ At Lucky and all those guys.”
The 2015 Breeders’ Cup will be on October 31st at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY, a homecoming for the ages! There will be some races on the 30th, but no one cares about those.