American Pharaoh races to win at Preakness

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SHOWS: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (MAY 16, 2015)(USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES-MUST COURTESY USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES) 1. STILL PHOTO OF PEOPLE LINED UP TO PLACE BETS ON PREAKNESS STAKES AT PIMLICO

American Pharaoh races to win at Preakness

SHOWS: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (MAY 16, 2015)(USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES-MUST COURTESY USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES)

1. STILL PHOTO OF PEOPLE LINED UP TO PLACE BETS ON PREAKNESS STAKES AT PIMLICO RACE COURSE

2. STILL PHOTO OF AMERICAN PHAROAH WITH JOCKEY VICTOR ESPINOSA (IN BLUE HELMET) LEADING MR. Z WITH JOCKEY COREY NAKATANI

3. STILL PHOTO OF AMERICAN PHARAOH HEADING FOR FINISH LINE WITH BIG LEAD

4. STILL PHOTO OF AMERICAN PHARAOH CROSSING FINISH LINE TO WIN PREAKNESS

5. STILL PHOTO OF JOCKEY ESPINOSA STARTING TO CELEBRATE AS AMERICAN PHARAOH CROSSES FINISH LINE

6. STILL PHOTO OF JOCKEY ESPINOSA CELEBRATING AFTER AMERICAN PHARAOH WINS PREAKNESS

STORY: American Pharoah has a chance to win the Triple Crown after comfortably winning Saturday’s (May 16) 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah followed up his victory in the Kentucky Derby with a win by more than five lengths in pouring rain.

A torrential downpour hit Pimlico just before the start of the race and turned the sandy course into a muddy mess.

The colt now needs to win the Belmont Stakes on June 6 to become the first horse in 37 years to complete the elusive Triple Crown.

For Mexican jockey Espinoza it will be another chance to win the Triple Crown. He rode California Chrome to victory in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year before losing in the Belmont.

The 4-5 favourite pulled clear just before turning into the stretch and the outcome was never in doubt from then on.

Tale of Verve was second and Divining Rod finished third.

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