Jockey Victor Espinoza has been in this position before. American Pharoah has not.
Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby riding the Bob Baffert-trained colt on Saturday, setting up talk of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Premature? Perhaps a bit. But it happens every year.
Espinoza won the Derby in 2014 with California Chrome then went on to win the Preakness Stakes shortly after. Espinoza and Chrome fell short of the Triple Crown, though, as the duo failed to win at Belmont.
Obviously, this is American Pharoah’s first Preakness, which is set for Saturday, May 16, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
The early odds are out for Preakness and the sportsbooks like American Pharoah’s chances, listing the colt as a -140 favorite.
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Keep reading for the early odds on American Pharoah’s Triple Crown chances:
Triple Crown Prop Bets
The below prop bet odds were provided by sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and are subject to change.
Preakness Stakes – Winner – Pimlico Race Course
American Pharoah wins Preakness Stakes … -140
Field wins Preakness Stakes … +100
Triple Crown Winner 2015
American Pharoah wins Triple Crown … +280
American Pharoah won’t win Triple Crown … 400
American Pharoah wins Preakness, American Pharoah won’t win Belmont
American Pharoah wins Preakness not Belmont … +165
Any other result … -215
American Pharoah wins Preakness, American Pharoah does not run in Belmont
American Pharoah wins Preakness, no Belmont … +650
Any other result … -1350
Belmont Stakes – Winner – Belmont Park
American Pharoah wins Belmont … +110
Field wins Belmont … -150