Vice President Mike Pence told Republican House members at a retreat in Baltimore on Friday that American Pharoah bit him so hard when he saw the 2015 Triple Crown winner that he nearly collapsed, according to a report by Lesley Clark of McClatchy's DC Bureau.
Pence and Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr dropped by Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., on March 7, 2018, for a meet and greet with American Pharoah. During the visit, Pence – who referred to himself at Friday's GOP gathering as a “horse guy” – said he held the horse briefly and American Pharoah “bit me so hard on the arm, I almost collapsed.
“I just gritted my teeth and smiled,” Pence said, “because you know what? In our line of work, you're going to get bit sometimes, but you keep fighting forward. And we did.”
Dermot Ryan, manager of Ashford Stud, seemed skeptical that American Pharoah chomped on the vice president.
“If he gave someone a nasty bite, I'd know it,” Ryan told McClatchy. Ryan called American Pharoah a “sweet” horse.
All I want is for politicians to stick to politics, yet they insist on talking about the Triple Crown. https://t.co/VleFWUfldJ
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) September 13, 2019
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