American Pharoah fans who were outraged by the colt's loss of Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year may have a chance to see him recognized over human athletes. The Triple Crown winner is one of three finalists for the Associated Press's male athlete of the year title.
Horses do not have a history of success in the Associated Press awards, as was true in the Sports Illustrated awards. In 1973, the year Secretariat completed his Triple Crown sweep, the AP award was given to Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson.
Pharoah's competition for the AP award comes from NBA player Steph Curry and golfer Jordan Spieth. His denial of the Sports Illustrated award, despite being the top vote-getter, prompted debate and backlash on social media which lasted long after the announcement of his loss to tennis star Serena Williams.
The winner of the category will be announced Dec. 26.
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