It ONLY took 37 years. Let's see, our daughter will turn 37 in July, so it's been as long as sne's been on Earth to have another Triple Crown winner, but it happened yesterday with American Pharoah. I noticed his long stride and I took a look at his pedigree. Pretty impressive! His grand sire, Empire Maker, won the Belmont in 2003. Looking even further back, I see that he has Secretariat on his dam's side, as well as Bold Ruler and Exclusive Native. Exclusive Native was the sire of Affirmed, the LAST Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah. He also has Nasrullah and Miss Disco (on his Secretariat line). It was Penny Chenery who focused on the FEMALE lines when she bred Secretariat. And, he has the Princequillo line, too, on his dam's side. Hmmmm....very impressive!
But, it isn't JUST about pedigrees. Quad has an impressive pedigree, too. In fact, Quad is a great-grandson of Affirmed, a g-g-grandson of Secretariat, and even has Man O'War in his pedigree. He was just too laid back to have the desire to win. In 7 races, he NEVER won a race! (goofball...)
It sure was an exciting race! I was yelling and screaming and clapping. It was so good to see Penny Chenery there, too, at the race. I wonder what she was thinking?