American Pharoah is making the claim:
American Pharoah has it all these days. By becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in 2015, the horse secured a life of pampering and mating at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.
He also enjoys visits from figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, who visited the horse on the farm in March 2018 while campaigning for Garland “Andy” Barr, (R-Kentucky). Except apparently Pharoah’s interaction with the former governor of Indiana didn’t go so well, at least in Pence’s version of the events, per multiple reports.
On Friday at a policy retreat for House Republicans in Baltimore, Pence claimed he was bitten so hard on the arm by American Pharoah that he nearly collapsed. The point of the story was to offer a metaphor for Republicans’ hopes of retaking the House next year.