Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner American Pharoah has drawn position one in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which will be held at Pimlico Racecourse on May 16th.
The Bob Baffert-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile will be ridden once again by jockey Victor Espinoza, who has guided the colt to five consecutive graded stakes victories.
American Pharoah will face seven rivals in the Preakness, including Kentucky Derby 2-3 finishers Firing Line–who drew post eight–and Dortmund, who drew post two. Dortmund, who won his first six starts prior to the Derby, is also trained by Bob Baffert and has been made the second choice on the morning line at odds of 7-2.
The complete entries for the Preakness Stakes are as follows:
2015 Preakness Stakes (gr. I)
1 3/16th miles at Pimlico
|1||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||1st Kentucky Derby (gr. I)|
|2||Dortmund||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||3rd Kentucky Derby (gr. I)|
|3||Mr. Z||Corey Nakatani||D. Wayne Lukas||13th Kentucky Derby (gr. I)|
|4||Danzig Moon||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse||5th Kentucky Derby (gr. I)|
|5||Tale of Verve||Joel Rosario||Dallas Stewart||1st Maiden Special Weight|
|6||Bodhisattva||Trevor McCarthy||Jose Corrales||1st Federico Tesio Stakes|
|7||Divining Rod||Javier Castellano||Arnaud Delacour||1st Lexington Stakes (gr. III)|
|8||Firing Line||Gary Stevens||Simon Callaghan||2nd Kentucky Derby (gr. I)|