WEEHAWKEN, NJ (June 6, 2015) – Longines, the internationally renowned Swiss watch brand and Official Watch and Timekeeper of the Belmont Stakes, timed American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown win at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 6th.
An enthusiastic crowd of 90,000 attended Belmont Park cheering loudly for the chance to watch history unfold. After a quick start, American Pharoah kept his stride to win the Belmont Stakes and secure the Triple Crown. His exciting run will be remembered for years to come – cementing 2015 as an important year in the history of horseracing.
In 1978, Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes to achieve what’s considered the greatest accomplishment of a thoroughbred racehorse. Now, more than 35 years later, Longines had the honor of timing American Pharoah’s successful runs at all three races – a feat that has only happened 12 times before.
After each victory, American Pharoah’s owners, trainer and jockey were presented with timepieces from the Longines Conquest Classic collection. To further celebrate this momentous win, Jennifer Judkins, U.S. Brand President for Longines, also presented Zayat Stables (Owner), Bob Baffert (Trainer), and Victor Espinoza (Jockey) with elegant, rose gold Conquest Classic watches to mark the occasion.
This year, the brand hosted the second annual Longines Most Elegant Woman at Belmont fashion contest to celebrate the elegant style associated with the Triple Crown. The chic ladies of Belmont walked the runway for celebrity judges who selected the most elegant woman and awarded her a stainless steel and rose gold watch from the Conquest Classic Collection featuring a stunning diamond bezel. Longines Conquest Classic watches were also presented tothe winning horse’s owner, trainer and jockey of the “Longines Just a Game” race.
Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. First worn on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the seconds. It was already being used by most sport judges in New York in 1886.