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American Pharoah wins Triple Crown

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NEW YORK (AP) - There's a new Triple Crown winner-- the first in 37 years..
    
American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 ½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
    
The bay colt defeated seven rivals in the grueling 1 1/2-mile race at Belmont Park in New York. About 90,000 people cheered for the winner.
    
American Pharoah is the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes over a five-week span.
    
Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza ended their own frustrating histories in the Triple Crown. Baffert finally won on his record fourth Triple try. Espinoza got it done with his record third shot.
    
Frosted finished second and Keen Ice was third.
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