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Florida Derby (racehorse)

The keys to American Pharoah's ride to Triple Crown history

American Pharoah made his own luck in winning the Belmont Stakes, ending the 37-year Triple Crown drought. The colt with the short tail forced the issue right at the start and set the pace for the entire 1 1/2 mile lap around the Belmont Park oval. He wasn't dependent on a trip, or the moves of any rival. Victor Espinoza rode the colt with supreme confidence and American Pharoah responded with a 5 1/2 length victory. At no point was the outcome in doubt once American Pharoah bounded out of the gate, leaving seven rivals chasing in vain. The keys to the victory: ___ THE START So many races are lost at the break when a horse stumbles or hits the starting gate. Espinoza knows...