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American Pharoah wins 141st Kentucky Derby

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American Pharoah Wins Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday, ridden by last year's Derby-winning jockey, Victor Espinoza.

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

"He's been a special horse since I first rode him," said Espinoza, who now has three Derby wins.

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American Pharoah wins 141st Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the field to the finish line ahead of Firing Line #10, ridden by Gary Stevens, and Dortmund #8, ridden by Martin Garcia, during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the field to the finish line ahead of Firing Line #10, ridden by Gary Stevens, and Dortmund #8, ridden by Martin Garcia, during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the field during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates as he guides American Pharoah #18 after crossing the finish line to win the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: 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. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates as he guides American Pharoah #18 after crossing the finish line to win the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Jockey Victor Espinoza guides American Pharoah #18 on track prior to the start of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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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.

The four Derby wins ties Baffert with D. Wayne Lukas and Herbert "Derby Dick" Thompson for second on the all-time list.

"We were ready to rumble," Baffert said.

The race unfolded with Dortmund setting the pace and Firing Line tracking in second. American Pharoah sat comfortably in third.

Turning for home, American Pharoah angled outside of the other two and launched a rally for a one-length victory.

"Turning for home, I thought I got it. The other horse was right next to me. I couldn't just blow him away," Espinoza said.

American Pharoah paid $7.80, $5.80, $4.20.

Firing Line returned $8.40 and $5.40 while Dortmund paid $4.20 to show.

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