American Pharoah Wins the 141st Kentucky Derby

© Garry Jones/AP Photo Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful American Pharoah at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, April 23, 2015.
© Garry Jones/AP Photo Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful American Pharoah at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, April 23, 2015.

American Pharoah won the 2015 Kentucky Derby, held Saturday under clear skies and the twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Dortmund set the pace early, hitting the 1/4 mile mark at 23.24 seconds, 1/2 mile at 47.34, 3/4 at 1:11.29. American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund battled down the stretch.

Heading up to the race, American Pharoah and Dortmund were all the talk. Both trained by Bob Baffert, the two were betting favorites from the initial morning line right up through the moment they entered the gate. Dortmund came in with the more impressive set of results: a 6-0-0 career record and a victory in the 1-1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby in April. American Pharoah won four of the five races he entered, including three Grade 1 stakes and most recently the Arkansas Derby.

Minds now turn to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, which will be run May 16 at Pimlico in Baltimore. Last year, California Chrome won the first two races and entered the Belmont with a chance to earn the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, but he failed in finishing fourth. Before that, neither I’ll Have Another in 2012 or Big Brown in 2008 even finished the final race.

The Derby set an attendance record with 170,517 on hand to watch.

Source: SB Nation | Kurt Mensching

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