American Pharoah wins the Preakness, second jewel of the Triple Crown
BALTIMORE – The favorite, American Pharoah, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, has won the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore with a resounding victory in a driving rain.
With a win at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 6, American Pharoah would be the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win horse racing’s Triple Crown.
American Pharoah will bring a six-race winning streak into the Belmont.
Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah was a heavy favorite in the Preakness despite starting from the unfavorable No. 1 post.
Breaking fast on a sloppy track Saturday as thunder roared in the background, American Pharoah took control early and won easily.
Espinoza rode American Pharoah. A year ago, Espinoza won the Derby and Preakness aboard California Chrome before losing in the Belmont.
American Pharoah is now nine and one-half furlongs away from the Triple Crown.