American Pharoah, like Seattle Slew, has an undeniable brilliance about him. He’s got blazing speed and hadn't been challenged in any of his victories except the Derby.
Younger folks might be surprised to know that even after he swept the Triple Crown, Seattle Slew really wasn’t embraced by the racing public because he did what he did against the Run Dusty Runs and Sanhedrins of the world. And this was during an age when Triple Crown winners were numerous - Secretariat in 1973, Affirmed in 1978 with Slew sandwiched in between. Seattle Slew’s greatness wasn’t fully acknowledged until he was 4. And there is still talk about AP's very slow time in the Derby. It was not a fast race by Derby standards. But I am hoping for a winner like everyone else. We need another Seattle Slew, badly.