A glass of Gin for a Pharaoh

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published June 22, 2015

American Pharoah with Jockey Victor Espinoza onboard gallops to Triple Crown glory at the 2015 Belmont Stakes

American Pharoah with Jockey Victor Espinoza onboard gallops to Triple Crown glory at the 2015 Belmont Stakes. © NewsDay

As the commentator’s voice heaved desperately for air, he yelled with passion and stark excitement, “And down the stretch they come! It’s Go For Gin digging in and holding on! He is going to win the Kentucky Derby!”

I recall it vividly as if only a second has passed. I was sitting before my telly on the first Saturday in May 1994. A few months before, my parents had moved into their own home. It was no Hollywood Hills’ mansion, but it was theirs and they were proud. This was my first Kentucky Derby race live, and the commentator’s words in the closing furlong got me hooked to horse racing like white on rice. Continue reading

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