Racing fans are looking forward to Aug. 2, the day when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returns to the races in the G1 William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
While there is little doubt that the talented colt will go off as the heavy favorite in the race, Stephen Edelson of the Asbury Park Press writes that it's not a sure thing that American Pharoah will win the race.
Edelson refers back to 1978, when another Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew, came to New Jersey to run in the Paterson Handicap at the Meadowlands. Seattle Slew's connections were planning to use that race as a prep for the G1 Marlboro Cup, where the colt would clash with that year's Triple Crown winner, Affirmed.
Things didn't go as planned, however, as Seattle Slew lost by a neck to Dr. Patches, who went on to be named champion sprinter that year. Seattle Slew did beat Affirmed in the Marlboro Cup, but both colts later lost to Exceller in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Read more in the Asbury Park Press
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