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Mike Pence says Triple Crown winner American Pharoah nipped him during visit


It’s apparently not just Democrats who don’t like Mike Pence.

The vice president told a Republican retreat that he got nipped by American Pharoah when he visited the Triple Crown-winning horse during a campaign stop last year.

“I just gritted my teeth and smiled,” Pence said, according to several news outlets. “In our line of work, you’re going to get bit sometimes, but you keep fighting forward.”

Pence says the equine attack took place in May 2018 when he appeared at a campaign event for Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) at a horse farm billed as “VP meets AP.”

The veep grabbed the champion nag’s reins and that’s when he says American Pharoah took a snap at him.

The vice president did not mention a bite when he spoke glowingly about the champion thoroughbred later hours later at an event promoting President Trump’s tax cut bill.

“I like to be around winners,” he said at the time.

And the manager of the farm in question reportedly isn’t 100% sold on Pence’s version of events.

He calls the horse “sweet” and says that such a sneak attack would be out of character, although he also called Pence a “pleasant” person.

“If he gave someone a nasty bite, I’d know it,” Dermot Ryan, the manager, told he McClatchy news group.

American Pharoah, who swept to horse racing’s biggest honor in 2015, now spends his days at stud in the idyllic setting in the Bluegrass State. He’s showing signs of being a blockbuster off the track as well as on it, with one of his first foals selling for a whopping $8.2 million.