American Pharoah Becomes First Triple Crown Winner In 37 Years [VIDEO]

American Pharoah
American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza crosses the finish line to win the 147th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. American Pharoah ended US racing's 37-year Triple Crown drought on Saturday with a convincing victory in the Belmont Stakes. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

The wait is over.

The sport of horse racing has its first Triple Crown winner since 1978. American Pharoah, won the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in a wire-to-wire finish.

The three-year-old champion thoroughbred struggled out of the gate, but quickly sprinted to the lead. He was able to hold of all comers in the field and actually increased his lead down the stretch as the crowd roared to bring him home.

American Pharoah was ridden by Mexican-American jockey Victor Espinoza who was on board California Chrome one year ago and just missed winning the Triple Crown that year. Espinoza, who was born and raised on a goat farm outside of Mexico City, left his country at the age of 15 to become a bus driver. He is now the greatest jockey in the sport of horse racing and has the most memorable line picked up on the live feed after the finish. "Holy shit!" Espinoza said after crossing the finish line and hearing the eruption of the crowd. "I was more confident coming in to this race then I was in my last two Triple Crown attempts. I was hoping that American Pharoah felt like me. And he did."

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, trained American Pharoah and was making his fourth appearance at the Belmont with a horse who had a chance to win the Triple Crown.

"I feel like I have a very special horse and he's the one that won, it wasn't me it was the horse," Baffert said.

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Michael J. Duarte is a Los Angeles based writer. Born and raised in the City of Angels, Michael did his undergraduate work at the University of California Santa Barbara and a graduate program at the University of Southern California. Michael was awarded the Paul Lazarus Screenwriting Scholarship Award in 2004 and the Corwin Writing Award for his feature screenplay, "Chasing 4:00" in 2005. In addition to Sports writing, Michael is an avid marathon runner and fan of the Magic Bullet blender.