UA Race Track Program Basks in Baffert's Triumph

Friday, July 10, 2015

American Pharoah, trained by UA alumnus Bob Baffert, is the first Triple Crown winner in decades, and the University's Race Track Industry Program is enjoying some reflected glory from the horse's historic run.

As he registered some time ago for the inaugural Pan American Conference on thoroughbred breeding and racing, scheduled to coincide in New York with the fabled Belmont Stakes, Doug Reed allowed himself a momentary flight of fancy.

"Wouldn’t it be neat," he thought, "if there was the possibility of a Triple Crown winner?"

Reed, coordinator of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, got his wish — and so much more — at Saturday’s 147th running of the Belmont in Elmont, New York.

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