US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been crowned the 2015 “LONGINES Worlds Best Racehorse”, making the colt the first American-based runner since Curlin in 2008 to win the coveted prize.
Pharoah who gained legendary status by becoming the first horse to sweep the American Triple Crown in 37 years, winning US Grand Slams at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stake stayed true to form finishing top of the LONGINES class of 2015.
The champion colt adds the LONGINES title having been named “American Racing’s Horse of the Year” for 2015.
Owned by Ahmed Zayat and ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, Pharoah’s domination of US racing had captured the public’s imagination. Following its sweep of the Triple Crown, US media would anoint Pharoah as a ‘once in a lifetime horse’ and the ‘Grand Slam King’.
In November the horse would cap of its career in style winning the $5 million Breeders Classic Cup at Keeneland Fort Knox – Kentucky. The retired Pharoah is now the gold stallion of the Zayat Stables in Hackensack New Jersey.