Growing up I was always intrigued by the idea of a horse winning the Triple Crown. It seemed like one of the most difficult feats in all of sports. So you can imagine how exciting it was in 2015 to see American Pharoah pull it off after a nearly 30 year drought. As historic as that event was, I was struck by how it really did not become as big a deal as it deserved to be. Granted, horseracing is viewed as passé these days and there is so much competition for our attention. Or, could it have been more than that? Could it be that behind the scenes, as great as the accomplishment was, the team of people supporting the great champion were not the likable sort that would help promote the legend to the general public? Well, in his wonderfully detailed book, American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise, accomplished author Joe Drape goes behind the curtain to shed light on the full story.

About American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape: “History was made at the Belmont Stakes in summer 2015 when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown title, the first racehorse to achieve the momentous feat since Affirmed in 1978. Pharoah was the crowd favorite, as spectators had anxiously anticipated the American Thoroughbred’s victory, already a proven winner at the year’s earlier Kentucky Derby and Preakness races. By all appearances, American Pharoah has led a successful career, unmarred by any controversy as he was the undisputed champion-only twelve horses total in American history have won the Triple Crown. Unfortunately however, his training team has not fared nearly as well.”

As we get ready for this year’s Triple Crown season, with the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, it is interesting to know that behind every great thoroughbred is a collection of people with all manner of motives and background. American Pharoah’s story is worth reading about – just in time, Mr. Drape’s book has just been released in paperback.

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape is available from Amazon and other fine bookseller everywhere.