Below are what I feel are 12 of the most exciting horse races in 2015. #4 and #5 on my list are two races that I feel slipped under the radar that would probably rank higher if it weren’t for the Horse of a Lifetime–American Pharoah–rewriting history books. I will add that there were many more great races that didn’t make this list but these were the most memorable due to the dramatics, history or prestige of the race at stake. Feel free to comment on any you feel that I have left off.
1) The Belmont Stakes that saw American Pharoah win the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Truly a magical moment.
2) Another magical moment in horse racing history–American Pharoah winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic to become the very first horse to win the Grand Slam of horse racing.
3) The 2015 Kentucky Derby was a great battle between American Pharoah and Firing Line.
4) Far From Over (horse #2) has a stumbling bad start but comes back from dead last to win the Withers Stakes.
5) The Illinois-bred “The Pizza Man” comes back for a dramatic win in the Arlington Million.
6) The 2015 San Antonio Stakes. This was billed as the “Clash of the Titans” that pitted Shared Belief vs the 2014 Horse of the Year in California Chrome at the beautiful Santa Anita Park venue in February.
7) The biggest upset of the year in horse racing–Keen Ice beats American Pharoah and stuns the Travers Stakes crowd.
8) Beholder becoming the first female to win the Pacific Classic and doing it in the most impressive fashion.
9) Dortmund vs. Firing Line in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.
10) American Pharoah wins the sloppy Preakness Stakes.
11) Tepin–the Flying Filly–wins the Breeders Cup Mile against the boys.
12) Mongolian Saturday at 15-1 Odds holds on for the upset in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.