On Saturday, American Pharoah will be the first horse to ever have the opportunity to combine a Triple Crown with a Breeder’s Cup championship. This is because American Pharoah is the first horse to have this opportunity since the last Triple Crown winner was before the Breeder’s Cup was even developed.
Those marketing this potential 4 race streak: Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont and Breeder’s Cup had to decide what to call this. They used what other sports have used as the term : a Grand Slam. In Tennis it is the winner of Wimbledon, French Open, US Open and Australian Open in one year, and in golf it is the winner of the US Open, Masters, British Open and PGA Championship.
Here is hoping that we as fans of horse racing see our version of the Grand Slam on Saturday.