Dortmund: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Dortmund is expected to fare well in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. (Getty)

Dortmund is expected to fare well in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. (Getty)

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.

Dortmund is also a favorite for Saturday’s 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Here’s what you need to know about Dortmund:

1. Dortmund Is Trained by Bob Baffert

Bob Baffert Talks Dortmund Following the San Felipe | TVG's Britney EurtonBob Baffert talks about the continued development of Dortmund following his victory in the San Felipe. The promising big chestnut has the necessary points to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate; he'll make one more start before making a run for the roses in the Santa Anita Derby April 4th. The 2015 Kentucky Derby is…2015-03-09T00:08:31.000Z

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

Dortmund wins Santa Anita DerbySixth straight win for unbeaten 3-year-old2015-04-04T23:54:22.000Z

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

134th Kentucky Derby 2008 – Big BrownThe 134th running of the Kentucky Derby. Big Brown placed first, Eight Belles (RIP) took second, and Denis of Cork was third.2008-05-04T02:02:41.000Z

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.

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