As the racing world continues to bask in the glow of the first Triple Crown in 37 years, one New York legislator is hoping that American Pharoah will get unprecedented recognition for his accomplishments in the form of a visit to the White House.
That's right–Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) has written a formal letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to hold a White House ceremony to honor American Pharoah (and his humans).
Tonko, whose district includes Saratoga, offered no suggestions as to how to discourage the Triple Crown winner from fertilizing the South Lawn during such a ceremony, but did write in his letter that “welcoming athletes who have reached the pinnacle of their sport to the White House is a time-honored tradition.”
A number of jockeys have visited the White House over the years, but it does not appear that a Thoroughbred has ever had the honor.
Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking the White House to hold an official ceremony honoring American Pharoah and the team that guided him on his historic Triple Crown run this year. The letter reads, in part:
Read the full letter here
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