Over the next few days, leading up to the New Year, we’ll revisit some favorite pictures from the 2015 mid-Atlantic racing year, taking a season-by-season approach, in our Year in Pictures 2015 series.

In the spring, as the weather turned milder, the year’s best story was written as American Pharoah became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown, ending years of near-misses and heartbreak.

Among the spring stories:

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