April 20 - our annual Summer Horse/Pony Camp issue
Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah Joins the Breyer Stable!
From Kathleen Fallon
Breyer Animal Creations® is proud to announce it will honor American Thoroughbred racing's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years - the great American Pharoah - as a Breyer portrait model.
For 37 years, Thoroughbred fans the world over waited for the next legendary three-year-old to claim racing's Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. In 2015, that legend
arrived: A bay colt with a big stride and improbably short tail named American Pharoah.
Owned by Zayat Stable, LLC, and trained by the renowned Bob Baffert, American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza had a hard-fought win in the Kentucky Derby, returned two weeks later to persevere over a sloppy track and torrential storm in the Preakness, and came down the homestretch of the1 1/2-mile Belmont in New York to a grandstand erupting in cheers as the pair succeeded where 13 Triple Crown hopefuls before them had failed, executing - in the second-fastest time (2:26:65) since Secretariat -- a wire-to-wire win by 5 1/2 lengths. In that moment, American Pharoah became only the 12th horse in racing history, and the first since Affirmed in 1978, to earn the title, Triple Crown Champion.
American Pharoah's seven wins over his eight-start career prior to the Triple Crown series included the G1 Del Mar Futurity, G1 FrontRunner Stakes (Santa Anita), and G2 Rebel Stakes and G1 Arkansas Derby (Oaklawn).
The American Pharoah Traditional 1/9 scale model captures the 2015 Triple Crown winner at full gallop as if reaching for the finish line, in rich semi-gloss tones of deep bay with black points and grey hooves, and expressive, hand-detailed attention to the eyes and muzzle. True to every detail, the model also bears the stallion's distinctive tail.
There will also be a Stablemates scale (1:32) model featuring American Pharoah's distinctive tail and galloping to the top of holiday wish lists will be the American Pharoah holiday ornament! New sculptures of American Pharoah are also in progress.
Each collectible Breyer figurine is both beautiful enough for display and durable enough for children to play with. Models will be available at BreyerHorses.com and toy stores and tack shops nationwide.
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