Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) took the next step toward racing immortality when romping by seven lengths in Saturday's 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico.
Just two weeks after his Kentucky Derby (G1) victory under the Twin Spires, the Bob Baffert-trained colt sloshed to an easy win under jockey Victor Espinoza.
A torrential downpour hit the Baltimore area just as the call came for riders to mount up and continued as the eight-horse field paraded in front of the stands.
American Pharoah had already proven his capability over a messy track with a 6 1/4-length triumph in the sloppy Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park to open his sophomore season, and put the exclamation point on that fact with a drawing-off victory in the Preakness.
The bay colt finished 1 3/16 miles over Pimlico's sloppy main track in 1:58 2/5.
Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati), a 25-1 longshot, rallied to take second over Divining Rod (Tapit). American Pharoah's stablemate and Derby third-placer Dortmund (Big Brown) stayed on for fourth and was followed under the wire by Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), Derby runner-up Firing Line (Line of David) and Bodhisattva (Student Council).
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