It appears that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not be running in the Belmont Stakes this year.
According to the Daily Racing Form, Nyquist now has a high white blood cell count after he spiked a fever following Saturday's Preakness Stakes race. He finished third in that race, ending hopes of another Triple Crown this year.
The Preakness was overshadowed by the deaths of two horses and an injured jockey during earlier races at Pimlico Race Course.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Horse racing icon American Pharoah is leaving the racing world at the top. The colt took first in his final race at the Breeders' Cup Classic, winning $5 million.
"I'm so proud of my staff," trainer Bob Baffert told ESPN. "There's a lot of pressure training a horse like this and I'm happy for all the fans here, all of America; they love this horse. He did it the right way."
All in all, American Pharoah won nine of his 11 races, and in winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown since 1978. (Video via NBC)
There's no doubt American Pharoah has helped bring horse racing back into the mainstream after the sport faced declining attendance and drug controversy. It will be interesting to see how the sport fares as the colt hangs up his horsehoes.
According to NBC Sports, he's earned more than $8.6 million for his owner during his career and is now headed to a breeding farm in Kentucky.
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American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed pulled off the elusive sporting feat in 1978.
Secretariat holds the record for fastest Triple Crown horse. The Wall Street Journal released a video showing a side-by-side comparison of the Belmont race between the two horses, to see which champion would claim victory in a dream matchup.
Check out the video to see which horse would have an easy victory, beating out the other horse by a full two seconds.
He broke a nearly 40-year Triple Crown drought, now the jockey who rode American Pharaoh into the record books is taking his winnings and donating the cash to the fight against cancer.
According to WEWS, Victor Espinoza is giving his portion of the prize for coming in first in the Belmont Stakes to City of Hope, a research and treatment facility in California.
Shortly after the race, The Courier-Journal reported Espinoza saying, "I didn't make any money, because I donated my money to the City of Hope."
The cancer treatment facility isn't the only charity benefitting from the historic win.
The owners of American Pharaoh announced they are donating $50,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, while another $50,000 will go to the California Retirement Management Account, The Courier-Journal reported.
That group raises money for retired California racehorses.
A third $50,000 donation will go to Old Friends Farm.
American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years Saturday at the Belmont Stakes.
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Here are five things you need to know about the victory:
1. American Pharoah is the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. According to CNN, the previous 11 horses to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont include Sir Barton in 1919, Gallant Fox in 1930, Omaha in 1935, War Admiral in 1937, Whirlaway in 1941, Count Fleet in 1943, Assault in 1946, Citation in 1948, Secretariat in 1973, Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978.
2. American Pharoah's time was the sixth-fastest in Belmont history. The 3-year-old colt finished the 1 1/2-mile race with a time of 2:26.65 and a lead of 5 1/2 lengths, The Associated Press reports.
3. Prior to American Pharoah's Triple Crown win, 13 other horses had won two of the year's three major races and fell short at the Belmont since 1979. According to Sporting News, they include California Chrome in 2014, I'll Have Another in 2012, Big Brown in 2008, Smarty Jones in 2004, Funny Cide in 2003, War Emblem in 2002, Charismatic in 1999, Real Quiet in 1998, Silver Charm in 1997, Sunday Silence in 1989, Alysheba in 1987, Pleasant Colony in 1981 and Spectacular Bid in 1979.
4. This was American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert's fourth try for a Triple Crown. He fell short previously with Silver Charm, Real Quiet and War Emblem. Owner Ahmed Zayat also has experienced several losses in his 10 years in the racing business, including three second-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby with Bodemeister, Nehro and Pioneer of the Nile, according to the AP.
5. With the win, Pharoah's stud fee can be as high as $100 million. If the offspring prove to be as successful as their father, the stud fee for future generations would rise steadily, according to Time.
A slow start from the gate did not deter American Pharoah from becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years Saturday at the Belmont Stakes.
He lead by the first turn and did not relinquish the lead in becoming the 12th Crown winner overall.
American Pharoah was 3:5 odds to win going into the race.
This was owner Bob Baffert's fourth try for a Triple Crown. He fell short previously with Silver Charm, Real Quiet and War Emblem.
Prior to today's race, 13 other horses had won two of the year's three major races and fell short at the Belmont since 1979, according to AP. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978, the wire service said.
With the win, Pharoah's stud fee (i.e. breeding cost) can be as high as $100 million. If the offspring prove to be as succesful as their father, the stud fee for future generations would rise steadily, according to Time.
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