Preakness Contenders

American Pharoah
3yo Colt Pioneerof The Nile Littleprincessemma
6-5-0-0 $2,830,300

            Already a three-time Grade 1 winner before he got to Churchill Downs, American Pharoah closely tracked the early lead and emerged from a stretch-long duel with a one-length victory in the May 2 Kentucky Derby.

            The 141st Derby was the fifth straight victory for American Pharoah, a bay son of 2009 Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile whose lone defeat came in his debut last summer, a 6 ½-furlong sprint on the former Polytrack surface at Del Mar.

            Talented and fast with five consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, American Pharoah has won five of his six lifetime starts by a combined 23 ¼ lengths, mostly in front-running fashion.

            He won the Del Mar Futurity (G1) in his second lifetime start and capped his 2-year-old season with a victory in the FrontRunner (G1) at Santa Anita. Though he missed the Breeders’ Cup with an injury, he was voted the Eclipse Award as champion juvenile male.

            American Pharoah prepped for the Triple Crown at Oaklawn Park this winter, with romps in the Rebel (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1). In Kentucky, he showed a resolve to match his ability in his defeat of Firing Line and stablemate Dortmund.

            While pharaoh is a name given to ancient Egyptian rulers, American Pharoah’s name was misspelled when chosen as the winner of Zayat Stables’ annual naming contest and went uncorrected when submitted to The Jockey Club.