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American Pharoah Wins the 2015 Kentucky Derby

Jockey Victor Espinoza with 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. Espinoza repeated his Derby victory this year with American Pharoah.

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Speedy bay colt American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, fighting off a stretch sprint by Firing Line to claim the roses. The victory marks the third consecutive time the odds-on favorite has won at Churchill Downs, as well as the second consecutive Derby win for jockey Victor Espinoza, who last year rode California Chrome to the winner’s circle.

Both American Pharoah and Dortmund, who finished third, were saddled by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose steeds have now claimed four Derby titles. American Pharoah will head to the Preakness Stakes in two weeks in hopes of conquering the second leg of the ever-elusive Triple Crown, a prize last claimed by Affirmed in 1978. Watch the Derby below.