Performance of the Year – American Pharoah’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Win

American Pharoah’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win was the performance of the year in 2015 per the data source at The Triple Crown winner set another record running the 1 1/4 mile race in 2 minutes flat while setting Speed and Class Ratings records of at least 113 and 125 respectively. Speed measures how fast a horse ran while Class is a measurement of performance relative to the competition in the race.

Following American Pharoah’s thrilling performance, trainer Bob Baffert said, “This is the greatest horse I’ll ever see. He is a champion. I am so glad that American Pharoah goes out the champion he is. We’re all going to miss him.”

The victory was Bob Baffert’s second straight Breeders’ Cup Classic victory and his 12th overall. It was the third Breeders’ Cup win for jockey for Victor Espinoza.

“In a year filled with superlative performances, American Pharoah’s Breeders’ Cup Classic stands tall as an effort that looks to have been good enough to defeat any other horse this year on his or her best day,” said Director of Communication Ed DeRosa.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the richest race in all of North American with a $5 million purse. In its inaugural homecoming to iconic Keeneland Race Course in the heart of Thoroughbred Industry in Central Kentucky, the 2015 race had a record attendance at the track of better than 95,000 fans over two days.

“This was a day that people will look back on and tell people they were here and it’s exactly why the Breeders’ Cup was created, to showcase the very best of our sport,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We’re thrilled with the crowd over both days.”

Common-pool wagering on Saturday’s 12-race Breeders’ Cup card was $105,625,491; nearly identical to the 2014 Breeders Cup handle on Saturday at Santa Anita Park; the site of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. American Pharoah went wire-to-wire as the 3-5 favorite in the Classic and paid $3.40 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.40 to show.

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