What a race! After an intense and rain-soaked run at the Pimlico Race Course on May 16, American Pharoah was the horse to come out on top once again as the winner of the 2015 Preakness Stakes! American Pharoah only has one more race to win to become a Triple Crown winner!
It’s been less than two weeks since the Kentucky Derby, and American Pharoah is still the top horse in town. Competing against seven other talented horses and jockeys in the 2015 Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza, 42, were the dynamic duo of the day.
American Pharoah: Preakness Stakes Winner
The 140th Preakness Stakes was one memorable race. Seven horses and their jockeys were vying for the $1.5 million purse and the title of the Preakness Stakes winner.
It was Mr. Z who started out close to the top, testing American Pharoah early. However, American Pharoah quickly pulled ahead and was racing faster than he did in the Kentucky Derby! Despite the efforts from the other horses, American Pharoah pulled away from the pack to secure the win.
This is huge. American Pharoah will now be trying to win the coveted Triple Crown after competing in the Belmont Stakes in June. If American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes, the horse will be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978!
Coming off his win at the 2015 Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah was the favorite to win at the Preakness Stakes. The horse was listed at 4-5 odds. He competed from the first post. From that position, only one horse has won the Preakness Stakes out of the last 54 races, according to CBS Sports.
Dortmund, Mr. Z, Danzig Moon, Tale of Verve, Bodhisattva, Divining Rod and Firing Line were all competing for the Preakness Stakes.
Preakness Stakes: A Short History
The Pimlico Race course was opened in 1870 in Baltimore, Maryland. The cost to build the track was $25,000. What a steal!
The nickname for the Preakness Stakes is “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.” Whoever wins the races receives a plethora of yellow and black flowers. The winner also receives the Woodlawn Vase. However, it is only a replica. The actual vase was reportedly worth $1 million at one point!
In case you were wondering, the Belmont Stakes will go down on June 6.
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— Avery Thompson