After a dominant 2014 season in California, Dortmund established himself as a major contender for the 2015 season.
With rich bloodlines and top-notch training, it should come as no surprise Dortmund was a favorite for the first leg of the Triple Crown in the Kentucky Derby.
Dortmund placed third at the 141st Derby at Churchill Downs earlier in May.
Here’s what you need to know about Dortmund:
1. Dortmund Is Trained by Bob Baffert
Bob Baffert is no stranger to victories, though he hasn’t had a Kentucky Derby win since 2002.
In 2015, Baffert’s Dortmund and American Pharoah were the top 2 favorites heading into the 141st Run for the Roses. American Pharoah was first, Dortmund third.
For Saturday’s Preakness, American Pharoah had 10/13 odds to win, Dortmund 17/4. They are considered the class of the field.
Baffer’s horses have 10 Triple Crown race wins.
2. Dortmund Was Unbeaten in 6 Races
Before the Derby, Dortmund had won all 6 races he started, including the Los Alamitos Futurity (2014), the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (2015), the San Felipe Stakes (2015) and the Santa Anita Derby (2015).
Dortmund has career earnings of almost $1.5 million, including over $1 million in 2015.
3. His Father is Big Brown
Dortmund’s sire is Big Brown, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 2008.
Dortmund’s mother is Our Josephina, who won 3 minor races as a 4-year-old in 2004.
He was foaled on February 7, 2012.
4. Dortmund Is Owned by Kaleem Shah
Kaleem Shah is a native of India and is the founder of the IT and telecommunications consulting firm CALNET.
His father was a horse trainer in India.
The 52-year-old Shah named the colt after the German soccer team Borussia Dortmund.
5. His Jockey Is Martin Garcia
The 30-year-old Garcia won the 2010 Preakness Stakes riding Lookin at Lucky.
The former deli clerk in Northern California also won the Breeders Cup Classic last year and has over 1,300 career victories.