Will Saratoga Racetrack Be The “Graveyard Of Champions” For American Pharoah?
Its official – American Pharoah is heading to Saratoga for the Travers Stakes race!As a horse racing fan, this really makes me happy. A Triple Crown winner right here in our home town! The excitement for our community is already showing. The race day is already sold out! (Although I am sure you can get tickets on line somewhere, for a dollar or so more!)
But as a horse racing fan, I am just a little nervous for America Pharoah coming to Saratoga. I know, I know – I should be so excited. But, you have heard that Saratoga is known as “The Graveyard Of Champions”
It’s happened before:
1, Jim Dandy shocked fans when he beat Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in the Travers at odds of 100-1! Such a great win, Saratoga Hosts The Jim Dandy Race each year!
2. Onion won with a wire-to-wire race beating Secretariat in the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 4, 1973. "Onion" had previously won 7 out of 141 career races, and pulled off his shocker.
3. Upset handed Man ‘o War its only loss in 21 races in the 1919 Sanford Stakes.
So, a part of me, just a little part of me is nervous. However, after watching him win The Triple Crown, I wonder if there really could be another horse that could beat him!
Time will tell! The Travers Stakes is Saturday August 29th. Good Luck American pharoah