There has been plenty of discussion over the past several months about an ‘American Pharoah effect' in horse racing – would those fans drawn to the sport because of the Triple Crown winner's exploits remain involved, and could racing continue to attract new ones?
Although it may be too early to definitively answer those questions, to some pundits there seemed to be somewhat of an American Pharoah ‘hangover' effect through the Triple Crown.
In his latest column in the New York Times, Joe Drape writes that with no Triple Crown at stake this year, the Belmont Stakes was “a letdown”, despite the race having an exciting finish determined by just a nose.
“Last year, though, while American Pharoah sent some people home with less dough, he pushed all of us out of the racetrack with a priceless feeling of elation,” Drape writes.
“Great horses do that, and they are rare. So appreciate what American Pharoah accomplished, and be patient until another one comes along.”
Read more in the New York Times
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