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The race took place in New York on Saturday

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated June 06, 2015 06:55 PM
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The curse is broken!

American Pharoah secured his place in history Saturday after a win at the Belmont Stakes Saturday earned him the coveted Triple Crown.

It’s the first time since 1978 that a horse has earned the elite honor, although several have come close after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (as Pharaoh did in May) before losing at the final race in Elmont, New York.

American Pharaoh was dominant in the race before his win, surging ahead of the other horses right from the start.

Jockey Victor Espinoza rode the 3-year-old thoroughbred to victory Saturday, and crowd erupted in cheers as they crossed the finish line to break a curse that has haunted the racing world for decades.

American Pharoah is only the twelfth Triple Crown winner in history, his predecessor being a horse named Affirmed 37 years ago.