The most exciting two minutes in sports have come and gone, and the 141st Kentucky Derby champion has been crowned. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, American Pharoah stamped himself as a classic champion after out dueling a valiant Firing Line to cross the finish line in front with Victor Espinoza up.
This was the fifth victory in six starts for American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman), the Two-Year-Old Male Champion from 2014. Trainer Bob Baffert had himself a great day at the office, also finishing third with Dortmund.
Fun fact about jockey Victor Espinoza — you may remember him from the Derby last year on a little horse called California Chrome. That’s right, this marks two consecutive Derby victories for Victor.
We’re pretty impressed the American Pharoah’s classical good looks and easy running style. Of course, we’d rather see him dominating a cross country course, but watching him blaze down the stretch will have to suffice for now!
Did your pick win the Derby this year, EN? Do you think American Pharoah has what it takes to win the ever-elusive Triple Crown?