No surprise: American Pharoah wins the 141st Kentucky Derby
05/02/2015 06:50 PM
LOUISVILLE — Betting favorite American Pharoah held on down the stretch to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby under sunny skies on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Firing Line finished second, with Dortmund in third.
It was Dortmund — who, along with American Pharoah, is trained by Bob Baffert — who set the early pace, hitting the 1/4 mile mark at 23:24 seconds, 1/2 at 47.24, and 3/4 at 1:11.29.
All three post times weren’t necessary fast, allowing American Pharoah and Firing Line to catch up down the stretch, with American Pharoah pulling ahead just before the finish to win by half a length, his fifth in six starts.
The final time was 2:03.02 for the 1 1/4 miles in front of a record crowd of 170,513.
The winning jockey was Victory Espinoza, making him a back-to-back champion of the roses after riding California Chrome to victory in 2014. It was just the sixth repeat jockey victory in Derby history and Espinoza’s third overall.
Having fulfilled expectations as the 5-2 pre-race favorite, American Pharoah will now surely be hyped to contend for the Triple Crown.
The second leg will be The Preakness, running on May 16 at Pimlico in Baltimore.