Nearly five years ago, on Oct. 31, 2015, American Pharoah raced for the last time, winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 1/2-lengths at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
“A Triple Crown winner, a Breeders’ Cup winner, a horse of a lifetime,” exclaimed NBC Sports’ race caller Larry Collmus.
Debuting this Sunday, Aug. 30 at Noon ET on NBC, the NBC Sports Films’ documentary “Born to Run” presented by MassMutual reminisces about that magical year in horse racing, and continues the story of American Pharoah as he retired to stud at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.
The film chronicles American Pharoah’s foals, from their birth in the spring of 2017 to present day—providing an inside look at these horses as they sell at the high-stakes Keeneland Yearling Sale, learn to race on farms in Florida, and compete for the very first time. The documentary takes viewers all around the world, from Ireland and Japan to Australia and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, a race many of the first crop have long hoped to qualify for, following in their father’s footsteps.
The one-hour special is narrated by Kentucky-native and well-known actress Ashley Judd, whose family has lived in Eastern Kentucky for 10 generations. The documentary debuts just six days before the rescheduled 2020 Kentucky Derby (Saturday, Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC).
Judd’s opening narration: “The walk each morning from American Pharoah’s barn to the breeding shed is about 30 yards long, yet it’s become the most significant stretch of real estate in the breeding industry.”
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