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American Pharoah Wins Kentucky Derby

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The favorite entering the race, American Pharoah bested Firing Line as they sped toward the finish at Churchill Downs.

American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of turn 4 during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Image source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American Pharoah has won the 141st Kentucky Derby before a record-setting crowd at Churchill Downs.

American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the field to the finish line ahead of Firing Line #10, ridden by Gary Stevens, during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Image source: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)

Victor Espinoza was aboard for his second straight Derby win, and third overall.

The 5-2 favorite was in contention at the top of the stretch Saturday and pulled clear at the finish for his fifth win in six starts.

American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of turn 4 during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Image source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got his fourth Derby win, and also sent out third-place finisher Dortmund.

Firing Line was second.

The time was 2:03.02 for the 1 1/4 miles. The largest Derby crowd ever — 170,513 — looked on under sunny skies.

This story has been updated.

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