AMERICAN PHAROAH IS LEBRON NOW AND WILT LATER
For those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of Thoroughbred racing, here is a little analogy to help create an understanding of where Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ American Pharoah is currently.
The every day sports fan is aware of LeBron James. High flying and with a pair of NBA championships, the Ohio native has been the flag bearer for his sport. Recognizable by most, James certainly commands respect and is regarded by some as the best in the game today. For those who have watched him quite a bit, they understand when he turns it up, Bron-Bron is certainly a cut above the rest.
So now we turn to American Pharoah. Although he is only three and raced but seven times, the Pharoah is recognizable royalty among his ranks. Six consecutive wins including a romp in the Arkansas Derby, a hard-fought win in the Kentucky Derby, and a 7-length pouncing at the Preakness has this regally bred colt at the top of the world. On a quest to end the 35 year-old Triple Crown drought, this Bob Baffert trained runner is quickly becoming a house-hold name. Much like the basketball superstar, when the time is right, the Pharoah has been lights out.
“They are both superstars for sure,” smiles Baffert, about the two prime timers,“but I think the Pharoah will wind up with more kids.”
If things go as we all hope and American Pharoah maintains good health, Baffert will be absolutely correct. Owner Zayat Stables has already struck a deal for the breeding rights to his prized colt. Figures have not been disclosed, but should this great grandson of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled win the Triple Crown, the final price will go up. And when American Pharoah is whisked away to the breeding shed, he will then draw comparisons to another basketball legend…Wilt Chamberlain.
The Stilt was one of the greatest “big men” to ever play the game. Dominating like no other, Chamberlain was awesome during his playing days as he averaged over 30 points and 20 rebounds a game for his career. But as things would have it, Wilt was quite the ladies man as well. Supposedly, over 20,000 women had the pleasure of laying down with the Philadelphia native.
So for now, to continue the explanation, American Pharoah can actually eclipse LeBron if he wins the Belmont Stakes on June 6. And if he wins the Belmont and claims the Triple Crown…move over Wilt the Stilt!