The vice president shared the anecdote about American Pharoah during a Baltimore policy retreat, but not everyone's buying it.
In the year since winning the Triple Crown and 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic, American Pharoah has received international accolades.
What could the reason possibly be?
Things got silly with Jimmy Fallon.
It's actually up to the horse's kids.
Gary Stevens won the 1988 Kentucky Derby with the brilliant three-year-old filly, Winning Colors. Now he hopes to make racing history with another female, the splendid five-year-old mare, Beholder.
Good news: Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, announced that his horse would not be retired and would finish the season at the Breeder's Cup running in the Classic.
It's a tough year to be a three year-old colt if your name isn't American Pharoah. The Haskell Invitational and Triple Crown winner's classmates have been chasing his famously scant tail across the finish line since his second start, and first win, last September when he trounced the field in the Del Mar Futurity.
The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah wins Haskell in return.