The post-time Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah, who had been the betting favorite for months, won the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby to the tune of over 170,000 people at Churchill Downs — a Derby record.
Dortmund quickly broke well and set the early pace with Firing Line ridden by Gary Stevens. American Pharoah, Carpe Diem and Danzig Moon all broke well and kept with the pace around the first turn and well into the top of the stretch.
Victor Espinoza rode last year’s Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and made his move at the top of the stretch with American Pharoah. Dortmund and Firing Line challenged Pharoah up until the final furlong, but the super horse, trained by Bob Baffert, exceeded expectations to win the 141st Kentucky Derby.
Here is American Pharoah crossing the finish line:
SportingCharts.com evaluated how each post-position has fared since the Derby was limited to a 20-horse maximum limit in 1975. The Kentucky Derby is an inexact science; the five post-positions with the most success of having a top-three finisher in the race since 1975 are: 10, 16, 5, 8 and 3. Firing Line ran from 10 and Dortmund ran from 8, but both fell short of Pharoah who was No. 18 and broke from post-position No. 16 due to pre-race scratches.
Order of Finish
Win: No. 18 American Pharoah
Place: No. 10 Firing Line
Show: No. 8 Dortmund
Here are the full 2015 Kentucky Derby prices:
|Scratched||7 – El Kabeir, 11 – Stanford, 12 – International Star, 22 – Tale Of Verve|
|Super High Five||18/10/8/15/5||$6,658.30|
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Check Churchill Downs’ official website for a replay of the 2015 Kentucky Derby and yesterday’s Kentucky Oaks.