American Pharoah completes Triple Crown with Belmont win

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NEW YORK — American Pharoah has become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday evening. American Pharoah defeated second-place Frosted. It is the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, when Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

The 3-year-old bay colt was the only horse in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes who had also run both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06:  Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) ELMONT, NY – JUNE 06: Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Of the other seven horses in the longest race of the Triple Crown, just Tale of Verve ran the Preakness three weeks ago. Tale of Verve…

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