Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot Steal The Galaxy by Dan AbnettMarvels first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four -in fact, theyre barely even famous -but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and theye on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence -again!
American Pharoah Gallops at Belmont 6.5
American Pharoah’s A Superhorse, But He’s No Secretariat
When the unbeaten Justify crossed the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico , the reactions from racing fans and handicappers were mixed. The fact that Justify was all-out to win the Preakness by a half-length — with the top four finishers separated by just a length at the finish — was quite a contrast to the remarkably easy seven-length Preakness victory achieved by American Pharoah on his way to Triple Crown glory in Indeed, the two races presented completely different visuals. The sight of American Pharoah powering away from his Preakness rivals gave hope that the Triple Crown drought would finally come to an end, which is exactly what happened. In contrast, Justify was losing ground at the finish of the Preakness, and had the race been a few strides longer, he likely would have been beaten by the late-charging runner-up Bravazo. But while the visuals seem to suggest that American Pharoah was finishing strongly at the end of the Preakness and Justify was tiring, an analysis of the fractional times from each race paints a different picture. As can quickly be seen, Justify and American Pharoah achieved their Preakness victories in very different ways.
In my defense, I was technically being skeptical of any Triple Crown hopeful , not this horse in particular — and I mostly stick by that. But American Pharoah appears to be a legitimate superhorse. Indeed, he may be one of the most super superhorses in history at least among American 3-year-olds. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.
After 37 years of Triple Crown misses, horse racing has its worthy champion
American Pharoah was going to win the Triple Crown. He took his eyes off the horse to soak in the crazed scene of the packed grandstand. Fans jumped up and down, hugged and tossed drinks in the air. The race wasn't even over yet, and the crowd knew it, too. Thirty-seven years of waiting to see one of the rarest feats in sports was almost over. It's just unbelievable how things work out.
A theme linked the last 37 years of thoroughbred racing, a Hall of Fame trainer and a jockey with more than 3, career wins, and even Baffert and the equine aficionado Torre. When American Pharoah completed a mile and a half in 2 minutes, When American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza raised his right arm, saluting the crowd of 90, after his five-and-a-half-length victory Saturday, he had finally succeeded. Espinoza said he felt like a loser in and , when, after piloting horses to Derby and Preakness wins, he came up short of the Triple Crown at the Belmont. When Baffert uncrossed his arms and hugged Jill amid pandemonium in the spectator stands Saturday, he had reached the pinnacle for a thoroughbred trainer. Baffert, like Espinoza, was humbled in the last decade.
American Pharoah, the twelfth Triple Crown winner in history, was the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in Even though American Pharoah performed poorly in his racing debut in August , he became undefeated from his second race start through the Triple Crown race series, winning the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, the FrontRunner Stakes, the Arkansas Derby, and, of course, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes in just a period of 5 weeks. His victory in the Kentucky Derby was by just one length, his win in the very muddy Preakness Stakes was by seven lengths, and his triumph in the Belmont Stakes was wire-to-wire, from start to finish. Following his Triple Crown achievement he returned to Churchill Downs where nearly 30, cheering fans watched American Pharoah while he paraded the track and while his connections — owner Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockey Victor Espinoza — were awarded their keepsake Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trophies. Capturing the hearts of many, American Pharoah made it on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was pictured for the fashion, beauty and celebrity magazine, Vogue. Thank you to our sponsor. All Rights Reserved.