Regardless of what one might feel about the broader implications of American Pharoah’s win in the Belmont, it must be said that the performance was very impressive. Running that race out in front wire to wire did more to prove that horse’s mettle than winning either of the previous two Triple Crown races did. Kudos, Mr. Pharoah, kudos.
Still…I can’t help but feel–just a little bit–that the rig might have been on. That feeling comes from the small field in the race, and the fact that there didn’t seem to be that one horse, as we often see come the third leg, that didn’t run in the previous two races but comes into the Belmont to challenge the favorite. The road may have been plowed, given everyone’s obvious desire to see a Triple Crown winner once again–but the horse and jockey still had to run the race and bring it home, and they did.