Saratoga is known as “The Graveyard of Champions” because of the number of upsets that have occurred on that track.
- Man O’ War was beaten by Upset in the Sanford Memorial Stakes in 1919.
- Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was beaten by Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes.
- Secretariat was upset by Onion in the 1973 Whitney Stakes.
- And now American Pharoah was beaten by Keen Ice in the Travers today, finishing second.
American Pharoah dug in and ran hard, fighting off a challenge from Frosted before Keen Ice passed him in the stretch, but the Triple Crown winner just didn’t look like he had a full tank today. Perhaps it was too soon after the Haskell?
Owner Ahmed Zayat is already saying that he might retire American Pharoah. I hope this isn’t the last time we see him race.