American Pharoah prepped for his sweep of the 2015 classics with a victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby and the Rebel Stakes, both at Oaklawn.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, trained and ridden by Hall of Famers Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza, respectively, then captured the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs, Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. He retired at the end of 2015 after also winning the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.
The bronze statue was sculpted by artist James Peniston and commissioned by the late Oaklawn president Charles Cella. It is the focal point of a newly redesigned entrance to the racetrack grandstand. The new, park-like setting will greet guests in 2018 when the meet opens Friday, Jan. 12.