Keen Ice upsets American Pharoah in the Travers

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.



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