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American Pharoah Wins 141st Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah, the favorite of the race, won the 2015 Kentucky Derby in front of a record crowd at the Churchill Downs Saturday. The win marks the second consecutive victory for jockey and Mexico City native Victor Espinoza, who took first place last year atop California Chrome.

Last updated on May 2, 2015, at 7:35 p.m. ET

Posted on May 2, 2015, at 6:54 p.m. ET

Favored horse American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby Saturday.

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The odd's favorite, wearing No. 18, won after keeping steady pace with the front pack.

But the horse pulled into the lead after the final turn, winning the prized race.

He was ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, making this the second consecutive win for the rider.

Firing Line and Dortmund took an early lead coming out of the gates and set the pace, but American Pharoah kept up with the leading pack, never falling behind fourth place during the dash.

Victor Espinoza, left, rides American Pharoah to victory Saturday.
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Victor Espinoza, left, rides American Pharoah to victory Saturday.

It was after the final turn that American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza made a move from the outside, taking a lead that the horse never lost until the finish line.

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A record crowd of more than 170,000 spectators crammed into the Churchill Downs Saturday for the race.

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RECORD BREAKING! Attendance for #KyDerby 141 is a record 170,513!

This is the first time a horse has won a race from the 17th post in the Kentucky Derby.

Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory Saturday.
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Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory Saturday.

American Pharoah was a 5-2 odds favorite among the 18 horses in the competition.

He had won its last four starts, including a commanding 8-length victory in this year's Arkansas Derby.

Espinoza also won the race in 2014 atop California Chrome.

Victor Espinoza smiles after riding California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2014.
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Victor Espinoza smiles after riding California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2014.

The Mexico City-born jockey began riding in the United States in 1993, and caught international attention in the racing world when he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2002 with War Emblem.

"He's just an amazing horse," Espinoza told NBC after the race. "I finally let him ride today.

"I feel like the luckiest Mexican in Earth," he said.

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