ESPN.com was in Elmont, New York, to capture the buzz and scene around Belmont Park Racetrack before, during and after American Pharoah's run to the 12th Triple Crown in history, and the first in 37 years.
Here's what happened around the grounds.
The entire American Pharoah team celebrates with the Triple Crown trophy, which was finally awarded again after 37 years. Landon Nordeman for ESPN American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat is quite pleased with his horse's performance in the Belmont Stakes. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Victor Espinoza's nephew is on hand shortly after the race with a token of appreciation for the newest jockey to join the Triple Crown club. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Victor Espinoza wades through the crowd to get to the Clerk of Scales for his postrace weigh-in. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Justin Zayat, son of American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat and his father's stable manager, celebrates following Pharoah's Triple Crown victory. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN American Pharoah's exercise rider, Georgie Alvarez, carries the blanket of carnations awarded the horse in the winner's circle as a groom leads Pharoah along the track. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN Kari Colosi and Mike Secallus react to American Pharaoh winning the Triple Crown. Colosi was 13 when she watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown at Belmont in 1973, and has been at the track for each Triple Crown attempt since Funny Cide in 2003. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN A horse gets a personal escort to the gate during an earlier race ahead of the Belmont Stakes. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Tonia Cook smiles and makes her point while enjoying a drink in the grandstand ahead of the Belmont Stakes. Landon Nordeman for ESPN A long day at the track means fans of all stripes are apt to find a moment to rest. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN A good samaritan points out that someone tied a man's shoelaces together while he napped on a Belmont Park bench. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN This horse seems less than pleased with the results of Saturday's sixth race at Belmont Park. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN Horse racing can be a messy affair, and this jockey is wearing the evidence following the sixth race of the day on Saturday at Belmont Park. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN The August Belmont Trophy is prepped for the Belmont Stakes, with many hoping the Triple Crown trophy will join it after the race. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN Fan Shaina Bertrang's heels are more fashionable, but Pokey's horseshoes are more practical at the track. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Fan Jesa Jean gets some one-on-one time with a horse named Georgie as the Belmont Stakes approached. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Miss New York Thatiana Diaz and other judges prep for the Longines fashion show at Belmont. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Fans gather ahead of the Belmont fashion show -- and within smelling distance of cheesesteaks -- ahead of the race. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Belmont fan Madison Kammerer added a feathery touch to her outfit when she picked out her unique headgear. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Hats aren't just a Kentucky Derby thing, as these matching ladies prove. Landon Nordeman for ESPN His eyes obviously accustomed to his bright and busy jacket, fan Garrett Calhoun enjoys a cigar while looking over his Belmont program. Landon Nordeman for ESPN A fan on an escalator inside Belmont Park takes advantage of a moment standing still to take a pull from his drink. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN A Belmont Park fan looks on with his program as the action unfolds. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN Fan Vinny Valente tends to his neckwear under the grandstand as friend Jack Hardman looks on. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN Spectators gather outside the grandstand near the paddock to take in the early races ahead of the Belmont Stakes. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Sheryl Schwartz, owner of racehorse Japan, had a muddy celebration after her horse won the first race of the day at Belmont Park. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Fans have various reactions to the first race of the day. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Race fan Anna Krug arrived for her first trip to Belmont Park and made the scene a little more colorful. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN Former jockey John Tartaglia stopped outside the stables for a chat and to give out some directions. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Groom Antonio Ortega, who has worked at Belmont Park for 26 years, finished his workday early and then made time for a little relaxation. Landon Nordeman for ESPN A damp, overcast sky greeted the horses working out at Belmont Park after an early-morning downpour on Saturday. Landon Nordeman for ESPN Horses took to the track Saturday morning for a quick final workout ahead of the Belmont Stakes. Landon Nordeman for ESPN
Longtime fan Calvin West arrives at Belmont Park Racetrack sporting his finest. West has been to Belmont more than 200 times, including Secretariat's runaway victory in 1973 that clinched the Triple Crown for Big Red. Tim Rasmussen/ESPN