ELMONT, N.Y. (NEWS10) -Allan Carter, historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is weighing in on American Pharoah’s chances of winning the Triple Crown this weekend.
Carter has personally witnessed the last three Triple Crown winners accomplish the feat. He was at Belmont when Secretariat won in ‘73, Seattle Slew in ‘77 and Affirmed, the last horse to achieve the Triple Crown in ‘78.
Carter admits he can’t predict the future; but he says he thought American Pharoah looked really good in the first two legs at Churchill Downs and Pimlico.
Carter says it looked as if the 3-year-old colt did whatever he wanted to do at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, mentioning the horse did not have to lead right away and still ended up in the winner’s circle.
The Belmont is the longest leg in the Triple Crown at a mile and a half, because of this Carter is holding back from handing American Pharoah the Triple Crown.
“Who knows a mile and a half? I’d probably bet on Nick Zito’s horse only because he’s Nick Zito. His Da’ Tara, who was probably one of the worst horses to ever won the Belmont. I don’t think he’s ever won a race after that, but Nick Zito does it. He has a way of doing that,” said Carter.
American Pharoah drew the 5th position for Saturday’s race which is really where any horse would like to be, right in the middle.
Whether or not he gets it done remains to be seen. According to Carter it would be great if he does win and it would bring the sport completely back.