Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
BALTIMORE (AP) — 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.
Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah was a heavy favorite in the Preakness despite starting from the unfavorable No. 1 post.
American Pharoah #1 ridden by Victor Espinoza crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Image source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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.
This story has been updated.
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