Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received a hero’s welcome in his return to the Churchill Downs paddock. A crowd of about 30,000 gathered at Downs After Dark on June 13, 2015, all in hopes of catching a glimpse of horse racing’s star.
The only thing missing from the parade and paddock show? A rendition of “Enter Sandman” as he walked through the tunnel to cheers of “Phar-oah! Phar-oah!”
American Pharoah and groom Eduardo Luna.
American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat welcomed jockey Victor Espinoza to the paddock with a giant bear hug.
Bob Baffert, American Pharoah’s trainer, hoists the Triple Crown trophy that eluded him for so many years.
American Pharoah stops to glance at his devoted fans.
Ahmed Zayat meets Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
American Pharoah tried his best to smile for the numerous cameras.
The Triple Crown champ never turned a hair during the paddock show.
No hecklers now, Bob and Bode. “Yes, today Bob!”
The crowd was waiting for the son of Pioneerof the Nile.
American Pharoah has captured the hearts of racing fans from across the country.
The coveted Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby trophies.
Bob Baffert happy to have been united with American Pharoah.
Ahmed Zayat enjoying the moment when presented with the Kentucky Derby trophy in the winner’s circle.