Triple Crown–winning racehorse American Pharoah is worth $100 million by some estimates. Your chances of ever riding him are slimmer than any underdog's at the betting booths. But thanks to the point-of-view video glory that GoPro cameras continually grant us, at least now you can see what it might be like to be atop the most famous horse in the world.
The footage was taken during American Pharoah's morning track workout at Del Mar Race Track in California on July 18. The champion horse is gearing up for his first race since nabbing the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, the William Hill Haskell Invitational on August 2 at Monmouth Park, New Jersey. The race originally set at a $1 million purse. However, when a moneymaker like American Pharoah shows up, you can bet that the stakes are going to be a little higher, and the total is now up to $1.75 million.
American Pharoah's jockey, Martin Garcia, strapped a 360-degree GoPro Hero4 array to his helmet for the workout footage, which allows viewers to adjust their view of the ride as the racehorse gallops down the Del Mar track. And although this is about as real as the homestretch will ever feel for most of us, American Pharoah is expected to take similar workout runs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at the Monmouth Park track. The track will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, free of charge, from 7–8 a.m., for anyone who wants to see his morning runs firsthand.