The horse racing world was given a boost this summer when American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown, and he finished up his historic season with
an emphatic triumph in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Historic achievements are also full of indelible images, and these are some of the best scenes from American Pharoah's run to greatness.
American Pharoah ended his career with a 6½-length win at the Breeders' Cup, in a Keeneland track record of 2:00:07. Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports Georgie Alvarez took American Pharoah for a final gallop in the fall splendor at Keeneland Race Course ahead of the Breeders' Cup Classic. Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS/Getty Images American Pharoah soaked up the attention in the stables at Keeneland, and all summer long. Dylan Buell/Getty Images Trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza and their horse performed under an intense spotlight all year, including during the first leg of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs. Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS/Getty Images Bob Baffert, pictured above leading his pupil to the track at Saratoga ahead of the Travers Stakes, has spoken often of his special bond with American Pharoah. Horsephotos/Getty Images Even a great champion like American Pharoah isn't above frolicking in a bath after a long trip, this one at Saratoga. AP Photo/Mike Groll The Haskell Invitational was American Pharoah's first race after clinching the Triple Crown, and fans turned out in droves at Monmouth Park to catch a glimpse of him. AP Photo/Mel Evans American Pharoah gave the fans what they wanted while parading in the paddock at Churchill Downs. Dylan Buell/Getty Images Reminders of American Pharoah ending the 37-year Triple Crown drought were everywhere late in the summer. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson The American Pharoah team was in the mood for a big Triple Crown celebration after the Belmont Stakes victory. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Justin Zayat, son of and stable manager for American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat, was all smiles after the horse locked down the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. Landon Nordeman for ESPN
The field just could not keep up with American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes, or in any of the other big races of 2015. Rob Carr/Getty Images