Associated Press October 31, 2015
The Triple Crown champion won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic by 6½ lengths Saturday, taking charge out of the gate in his final race before retirement.
The 3-year-old colt ran 1¼ miles in a track-record 2:00.07 as the sentimental 3-5 favorite among the crowd of 50,155 at Keeneland. Fans stood 20-deep all along the rail, cheering and snapping cellphone photos of the superstar horse and jockey Victor Espinoza.
Except American Pharoah didn't hear them. He wears ear plugs to muffle any sounds that might startle him.