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On Saturday, a record 131,680 fans turned out to watch American Pharoah throw up one of the most dominant performances in the history of the Preakness Stakes. Literally.
Under the guidance of rider Victor Espinoza, The Pioneerof the Nile colt logged a seven-length victory, good for a five-way tie for the longest margin of victory in Preakness history, per Preakness.com. Not only was he the best horse on the field this day, but he continued to show that he could win under any circumstances, logging this win under heavy rain and over a sloppy track.
Pharoah was nothing short of spectacular, and after
gaining the lead just prior to the first quarter, he never looked back.
So, we've established that American Pharoah was historically dominant in this, the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes, but what does it say about his chances to complete his quest for the ever-elusive Triple Crown?
Through a combination of replay analysis and our knowledge of American Pharoah's past results, I'm going to tell you everything you need to know about how this Preakness win sets up for a possible Belmont and Triple Crown triumph.
But first, take a look at the full order of finish from Saturday's race.
2015 Preakness Order of Finish