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American Pharoah upset at Travers

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

In case you missed it, Triple-Crown winner American Pharoah was upset this evening at Travers Stakes in Saratoga. AP lost to 16-1 underdog Keen Ice, who bested him by three quarters of a length.

While the loss took many by surprise, this destination has a long history of taking down Triple-Crown winners. Three previous victors have also lost at the track, earning it the nickname “the graveyard of champions.”

It’s an upsetting outcome, but Pharoah still has a chance to go out on a high note. He will potentially appear in The Breeder’s Cup Classic on October 31st at Keeneland, though his participation has not been confirmed, and his owner is considering retiring him to stud duty after today’s loss.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

12 Comments for American Pharoah upset at Travers



  1. Alamo_CatFan
    7:17 pm August 29, 2015 Permalink

    Dang that stinks, 38-1.



  2. tom
    8:41 pm August 29, 2015 Permalink

    i believe it’s “stakes”, steaks are something you eat – good effort, good try.



  3. Delk for 3
    9:06 pm August 29, 2015 Permalink

    Pharoah is by no means certain to run in the Breeders Cup Classic. His camp has not announced this and his owner even commented after today’s race that there is a big chance they will retire AP now.



  4. Stevem
    9:25 pm August 29, 2015 Permalink

    A great horse but not in Secretariat’s league. Hope they retire him now to avoid injury. Probably will to maintain his stud value after this smudge on his image



    • Joshua
      12:22 am August 30, 2015 Permalink

      I hope American Pharoah shows up at Keeneland for the Breeders Cup and is seeking revenge for its loss in the Travers stake. If KEEN ICE shows up, KEEN ICE needs to get ready for a major melt down.



  5. harry
    9:30 pm August 29, 2015 Permalink

    I think rest him till BCC, run him if he is training well. I think Beholder is a monster, it will hard to beat her in BCC anyway.



  6. DAO
    1:16 am August 30, 2015 Permalink

    DAO=dumb a$$ owner. Pharoah had no business running in that race anyway, He had already beaten those same horses for the 3rd and 4th time. They just caught him on a bad day.The owner needs to put his ego aside and retire him.



  7. Francis the Talking Mule
    8:31 am August 30, 2015 Permalink

    Dummy shoulda known better. Now there’s no argument. Secretariat is the all time greatest. American Pharoah is just a hoof note.



    • ArmyCats
      10:12 am August 30, 2015 Permalink

      Secretariat lost twice in 1973 after winning the triple crown.



    • J-Dub421
      10:34 am August 31, 2015 Permalink

      Man O’ War is the all time greatest.



  8. BreedersCup
    9:59 am August 30, 2015 Permalink

    Um…a little hungry there? Stakes* not Steaks. Also, they have NEVER said he would run in the BC 15. This has to be one of the worst articles in a long long time. Congrats Caleb!



    • Caleb Epley
      10:56 am August 30, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, I really took an L on this one. Thanks for the info.