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Kept apart from American Pharoah until the first Saturday in May, the massive Dortmund suffered his first lifetime loss finishing third to his brilliant stablemate by three lengths in the Kentucky Derby.
A chestnut son of 2008 Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, whose Triple Crown dreams ended when he was eased in the Belmont Stakes, Dortmund reeled off six consecutive wins to open his career, all under regular rider Martin Garcia.
Following a maiden win at Santa Anita and an allowance victory at Churchill Downs, home of the Derby, Dortmund wrapped up his juvenile season winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in December.
This year, Dortmund captured the Robert Lewis (G3), San Felipe (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1), each by advancing lengths. The latter two came in front-running fashion, including a 4 ¼-length score in California’s biggest Kentucky Derby prep.
In Kentucky, Dortmund took command of the race in the opening sixteenth of a mile and set the pace on the inside under steady pressure from Firing Line. Dortmund battled on between Firing Line and American Pharoah, who moved into contention on the outside, and dug in down the stretch to finish third, two lengths behind Firing Line and a neck ahead of Frosted.
Dortmund’s name comes from owner Kaleem Shah’s fondness for European soccer teams, in this case Germany’s Borussia Dortmund.