Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fans arrive at midnight to see American Pharoah in Haskell Invitational

Sorry Odell, but when it comes to diehard fans, it looks like another New Jersey-bred star might be giving you a run for your money. And this sports star is faster and even pays off too.

Causing all this new fan fuss is Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah who is set to run in the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

According to, railbirds hoping to get a glimpse of the champion thoroughbred  began lining up outside the front gate of the New Jersey track almost 18 hours before the horse even entered the stating gate:

Brick Township resident Steven Prosser was the first in line outside the main gate of the racetrack at midnight, nearly 18 hours before the scheduled post time for the main event.

This year's Haskell was be the 25th Prosser attended, but he said he made sure to arrive extra early this year to reserve enough tables in the picnic area to accommodate a large group of family and friends.

"I love horse racing anyway, but it is monumental to get the chance to see a Triple Crown winner," Prosser said. "We might never get to see one again in our lifetime."

The gates to the parking lots were scheduled to open at 5 a.m., but they opened about 10 minutes early and seconds later there was already a long line of out of breath racing fans stretching from the general admission entrances.

At 9 a.m., there was a mad dash for the tables in the general admission picnic area, and in less than a minute all of the tables in the section closest to the track were accounted for.

So what's more memorable? A Triple Crown or The Catch?

Oddsmakers give AP 1-to-5 odds to win this Sunday but only give OBJ a 30-to-1 chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Super Bowl Sunday.

Take the horse.

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