American Pharoah wins 141st Kentucky Derby 

click to enlarge Kentucky Derby
  • Morry Gash/AP
  • Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday, ridden by last year's Derby-winning jockey, Victor Espinoza.

The 5-2 favorite was in contention at the top of the stretch and pulled clear at the finish for his fifth win in six starts.

"He's been a special horse since I first rode him," said Espinoza, who now has three Derby wins.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got his fourth Derby win, and also sent out third-place finisher Dortmund.

Firing Line was second.

The time was 2:03.02 for the 1 1/4 miles. The largest Derby crowd ever — 170,513 — looked on under sunny skies.

The four Derby wins ties Baffert with D. Wayne Lukas and Herbert "Derby Dick" Thompson for second on the all-time list.

"We were ready to rumble," Baffert said.

The race unfolded with Dortmund setting the pace and Firing Line tracking in second. American Pharoah sat comfortably in third.

Turning for home, American Pharoah angled outside of the other two and launched a rally for a one-length victory.

"Turning for home, I thought I got it. The other horse was right next to me. I couldn't just blow him away," Espinoza said.

American Pharoah paid $7.80, $5.80, $4.20.

Firing Line returned $8.40 and $5.40 while Dortmund paid $4.20 to show.

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of...

More by The Associated Press

Latest in Other Sports

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Videos

Most Popular Stories

© 2018 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation