American Pharoah fails to win at Saratoga

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American Pharoah walks around the winner's circle during Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs on June 13 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was defeated in the Travers Stakes by Keen Ice. The Triple Crown winner came into the race as the overwhelming favorite, but lost the lead entering the far turn and just didn’t have the energy to catch up.

The upset solidified Saratoga’s reputation as the “Graveyard of Favorites.” Only one of 12 Triple Crown winners has been able to go on and win the Travers.

Keen Ice, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Javier Castellano, won by three-quarters of a length. American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, had won eight straight races coming into the Travers, including the Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.