Reaction to American Pharoah winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978:

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"It's very emotional. I'm thinking about my parents, I wish they were alive to see this. I was hoping it would happen. I didn't know how good it was going to feel. Now I know. They were with me today. I was talking to them the whole race." — Bob Baffert, American Pharoah's trainer.

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"Wow, wow, I only can tell you. It's just an amazing thing. It's just unbelievable how things work out. It's just an amazing horse like American Pharoah. I was coming to this race with so much confidence." — Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah's jockey.

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"My horse ran great, but the horse everybody expected to win won the race. It's exciting because we have not seen this for so long and the winner really looked brilliant." — Joel Rosario, jockey of Frosted, who finished second.

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"The horse was perfect. My horse ran his race. It's an amazing thing to be a part of. Bob Baffert is the greatest trainer of all time. My hat's off to him. Congratulations to the Zayats." — Dale Romans, trainer of Keen Ice, who finished third.

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"He's a monster. He's a very nice horse. He's a freak. We haven't had a Triple Crown winner in years. He's a great horse. I tried to be close to him. I kept following him and my horse ran very, very good. We had no excuses. The best horse won the race." — Irad Ortiz, jockey of Mubtaahij, who finished fourth.

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"American Pharoah was much the best horse in the field. I give him all the credit in the world. We have been waiting 37 years to see this. It's great for the sport and the fans." — Javier Castellano, jockey of Madefromlucky, who finished sixth.

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"He ran a hell of a race. That's a hell of a horse. The race was over in the third jump from the gate, it was over. It's great to come back to a screaming crowd in a happy way instead of booing. It's a pretty cool moment." — Gary Stevens, jockey of Tale of Verve, who finished seventh.

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"American Pharoah is a great horse, that's the only way you can describe him. My horse ran as good as he could but he was done early. The best horse won the race. He's obviously a great horse to do all the things he's done race after race, you have to take your hat off to him." — John Velazquez, jockey of Materiality, who finished eighth.