Preakness win sets up Triple Crown for Pharoah
Torrential rain and the weight of history did not stop the Bob Baffert trained American Pharoah keeping the Triple Crown bid on the road as he dominated the field in the 140th Preakness Stakes at Belmont Park.
The middle leg of the Triple Crown was brushed aside with a seven length success under Victor Espinoza and the pair will head to the Belmont Stakes next month bidding to become the first history maker since Affirmed landed the three in 1978.
“He’s just an incredible horse. From day one people were expecting and what he does is amazing. The weather really scared me but great horses do great things and I think he showed that today.” Bob Baffert, trainer.
Espinoza made sure there were no hard luck stories with an aggressive ride. “I wasn’t going to try to get the lead but I changed my plan after that hard rain and pushed him to get to the front, I didn’t want to get behind horses and get dirty but once he got to the lead he was very comfortable. He cruised around at high speed.”
Having gone close to the Triple Crown before the jockey remains hopeful it can happen this time. “It seems like hopefully the third time is the lucky charm.”
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