Two-Year-Old Champion and post time favorite American Pharoah lived up to the hype with a game tally in Kentucky Derby 2015.
Kentucky Derby 2015 winner American Pharoah – photo by Eclipse Sportswire
A moderate pace made the race and the top three Derby finishers dominated from the opening bell.
In an uneventful renewal under the Twin Spires, Dortmund showed the way early, closely followed by Firing Line and American Pharoah.
Firing Line grabbed a brief lead in the lane but Dortmund was not quite finished and American Pharaoh was widest of all and making a determined run.
In the end, American Pharoah prevailed by a hard fought length with Firing Line a clear 2nd.
American Pharoah was part of my original Derby contenders list when I started my annual blog last September and he got some sweet Derby revenge for his sire line (PioneeroftheNile, Empire Maker).
Firing Line was fresh and ran to his strong pre-Derby works. He has a nice rivalry going with previously undefeated Dortmund.
Dortmund weakened a bit in the final furlong but held the show by a neck over Frosted, the only stretch running making up any ground. The latter might have made some serious noise if he got a bit more pace help. Look for the McLaughlin-Godolphin runner in the Belmont Stakes.
Danzig Moon ended up an even 5th under Julien Leparoux.
Materiality was supposed to attend the pace but his lack of seasoning was evident following a tardy beginning. He did will to finish 6th and the Belmont Stakes is next.
Dubai shipper Mubtaahij finished a respectable 8th. He is pointing to the Belmont Stakes.
Carpe Diem slowly faded to 10th and is also targeting the Belmont Stakes.
Preakness 2015 Probables
AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman)
Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables
Last Start: 1st in the G1 Kentucky Derby.
Comments: The 2YO Champ laid it all on the line in the Derby to extend his winning streak to five. The Preakness will be his fourth start in nine weeks.
FIRING LINE (Line of David – Sister Girl Blues, by Hold for Gold)
Trainer: Simon Callaghan – Owner: Arnold Zetcher
Last Start: 2nd in G1 Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Comments: Finally got the best of Dortmund but Baffert still beat him with American Pharaoh. He is still fresh for the rest of the Triple Crown series but Derby runner-up finishers frequently flop in the Preakness. He has looked energetic in his Churchill gallops leading up to the Preakness.
DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat)
Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Last Start: 3rd in G1 Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Comments: His unbeaten streak came to an end in the Derby but he was hardly disgraced finishing 3rd. He might be the one to catch in the Preakness.
Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon – Leaveminthedust, by Danzig)
Trainer: Mark Casse – Owner: John C. Oxley
Last Start: 5th in G1 Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Comments: The wiseguy longshot in the Derby completed the Super High 5 under the Twin Spires. He should offer wagering value in Maryland.
DIVINING ROD (Tapit)
Trainer: Arnauld Delacour – Owner: Lael Stables
Latest Published Workout: 4f in 51.60 (31/32) at Fair Hill on May 9.
Last Start: 1st in G3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 11.
Comments: Showed nice maturity and development in the Lexington Stakes. He might be getting good at the right time and Javier Castellano will ride in Baltimore.
BODHISATTVA (Student Council – Dr. Cheryl P, by Talk Is Money)
Trainer: Jose Corrales – Owner: Jose Corrales
Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:04 (9/10) at Laurel on May 10.
Last Start: 1st in Federico Tesio at Pimlico on April 18.
Comments: The local hope meets some salty company.
TALE OF VERVE (Tale of Ekati – Verve, by Unbridled)
Trainer: Dallas Stewart – Owner: Charles E. Fipke
Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:00.40 (5/25) at Churchill Downs on May 10.
Last Start: 1st in Keeneland MSW at 9.5f on April 23.
Comments: Kentucky Derby also-eligible won’t have any problem making the gate at Pimlico. He faces the big boys in his first start vs. winners.
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