American Pharoah wins the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes

American Pharoah wins the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes

After winning the 140th edition of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, American Pharoah is to compete for the famed Triple Crown.

After winning the 140th edition of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, American Pharoah is to compete for the famed Triple Crown.

Jockey Victor Espinoza rode on the Kentucky Derby winner, which was trained by Bob Baffert. American Pharoah justified its favoritism in the eight-horse field with a five-length victory.

American Pharoah will now head to the Belmont Stakes on June 6, where he could become now the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, center, wins the 140th Preakness Stakes

Just before the race had started in Maryland a thunderstorm passed overhead, so it was held on a sodden track.

American Pharoah bolted to the lead immediately from the No. 1 post position, despite an unfavorable inside draw. During the race he was never seriously challenged, although Mr. Z, another horse with experience on wet tracks, came with him at the beginning. But by the half-mile mark, American Pharoah had posted a faster time than Mr. Z, which briefly caught up to the future winner between the third and fourth turns. However, American Pharoah had little trouble pulling away on the final straightaway to win in 1:58:46.

American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza leads Mr. Z ridden by Corey S. Nakatani

American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza leads Mr. Z ridden by Corey S. Nakatani

The order of finish for the Preakness in the 1 3/16-mile race was American Pharoah, Tale of Verve, Divining Rod, Dortmund, Mr. Z, Danzig Moon, Firing Line and Bodhisattva.

Jockey Espinoza will become the first jockey to run for the Triple Crown three times. He did so last year with California Chrome and in 2002 with War Emblem, but in the Belmont Stakes could only finish fourth, so he hopes that ‘the third time is the lucky charm’. Espinoza said that he had been confident that American Pharoah would go to win from the very beginning and even despite the horse had broke little tiny bit slow, he pushed him to go to the front and to became the winner.

Bob Baffert believes that American Pharoah is just an incredible horse and has the quality to complete the Triple Crown. He has also trained four Kentucky Derby winners to the Preakness, and all four of them won, with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002 preceding American Pharoah.

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