Well, Kenny Mayne wasn’t wrong. That’s the very least you can expect from a broadcaster giving a report on Wednesday’s SportsCenter. His job is to report the facts, and maybe serve them up with a little bit of wry humor on the side.
Introducing a segment on the upcoming Preakness on Saturday, Mayne detailed some of the history of the race, especially between rivals going from the Kentucky Derby to the next stage in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Derby winner Nyquist and runner-up Exaggerator are set to face each other again at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, with Nyquist chasing the possibility of racing glory.
Last year’s Derby and Preakness winner, American Pharoah, went on to win the Belmont Stakes to achieve the Triple Crown. A phenomenally successful horse has a future of breeding ahead of him, and that’s what Pharoah has been up to since winning each of horse racing’s three signature events. The life of a stud is a lucrative one, commanding $200,000 per visit, cover, session, or whatever term you prefer to use here, according to the New York Times.
So while Nyquist, Exaggerator and the nine other horses set to race in the Preakness prepare for the event, Mayne succinctly reported what American Pharoah did on Wednesday as part of his retirement.
If a 30-second segment is too long for you to wait for the punchline, our own Matt Clapp also clipped the best part for you and just got right to the point. No introduction necessary. It’s probably similar to how American Pharoah interacts with other horses these days. Let’s just do what we’re here to do.
Some might say that we passed along Mayne’s report to you not once, but twice. It’s our pleasure. Well, really — it’s probably American Pharoah’s pleasure. Although Mayne did seem to enjoy relaying the news. He did so, of course, with consummate professionalism.