EQUUS - - Special Report -

Of the Triple Crown win­ners I had seen, the one Amer­i­can Pharoah most re­sem­bles is the bril­liantly fast Seat­tle Slew, a true miler whose com­pe­ti­tion in the three races was so medi­ocre that his trainer, Billy Turner, had the lux­ury of send­ing him on long, slow gal­lops to get him off the mus­cle and pre­pare him to race longer than he re­ally wanted to go. He won all three, but the Derby and Bel­mont, es­pe­cially, were run in trot­ting-horse time. It was not un­til he got to his 4-year-old year, when he de­feated far su­pe­rior horses while car­ry­ing high weights, that his true great­ness be­came ev­i­dent.

That year, he ab­so­lutely crushed

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