American Pharoah, Which Has Raced In Arkansas, Wins Preakness In Driving Rain

May 17, 2015

American Pharoah has won the Preakness in a driving rain, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.

With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah will bring a six-race winning streak into the Belmont, which will be run on June 6 in New York. That includes an win just as impressive in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah was a heavy favorite in the Preakness despite starting from the unfavorable No. 1 post.

Breaking fast on a sloppy track Saturday as thunder roared in the background, American Pharoah took control early and won easily. Jockey Victor Espinoza rode American Pharoah. A year ago, Espinoza won the Derby and Preakness aboard California Chrome before losing in the Belmont.