American Pharaoh Wins Again

Yesterday, Saturday May 16, American Pharaoh, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the Preakness Stakes.   Two weeks ago they won the Kentucky Derby.   Will American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza win the Belmont Park Race on June 6?   If so, American Pharaoh will be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.    The Colorado Traveling Ducks wish American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza the best of luck.   Who do you think will win at Belmont?

The Kentucky Derby 2015 with Zeb the Duck

I, Zeb the Duck, watched the Kentucky Derby on television.   The first Saturday of May, the 1 ¼ mile (2.0 kilometer) Kentucky Derby happens in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs.   In Kentucky, they have two weeks of celebrating before the race.   Humans get dressed up, many wear hats and many drink mint juleps.   This is the 141st Kentucky Derby.   The first was in 1875 and the race has been held every year.  Look at this view outside Churchill Downs before the race.

Look at all the people

Look at all the people

There are so many people.   Look at all these people.

Such a crowd

Such a crowd

Many of them have hats.   I know people wear big hats, but look at these reporters.

Kentucky Derby hats

Kentucky Derby hats

He is wearing a hat with roses similar to the roses given to the winning horse.   Before the race, some of the jockeys were interviewed.   This is Victor Espinoza.

Victor Espinoza, a jockey, is from Mexico.

Victor Espinoza, a jockey, is from Mexico.

He won last year while riding a horse named California Chrome.   He also won in 2002 riding a horse named War Emblem.   This year he is riding American Pharoah, the favorite.   Before you notice and get distracted, this horse was named in an online contest.   The name, Pharoah, was spelled wrong, but that is the official name of the horse.  Now the official photo is being taken.

18 jockeys, all want to win

18 jockeys, all want to win

This is the photo of the 18 jockeys for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.   Before the race, the band plays and the crowd sings My Old Kentucky Home.   The jockeys mount the horses and ride to the starting point.   Here is Victor Espinoza again, riding American Pharoah.

Victor Espinoza riding American Pharoah

Victor Espinoza riding American Pharoah

See how his leg is bent and high on the horse.   That is not what I see in movies when people ride horses.   But this is an important horse race.  The horses are out of the starting gate

The race started!

The race started!

and the race is on.   They are racing

Who is leading and who will win?

Who is leading and who will win?

and you can see that American Pharoah is not leading.   They are still running and American Pharoah is in 4th place.

So many spectators.   American Pharaoh is in 4th place

So many spectators. American Pharaoh is in 4th place

Look at all the people watching the Kentucky Derby.   The race is getting toward the end and American Pharoah is now in the lead.

American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza are in the lead

American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza are in the lead

Can he keep the lead?

The winner!

The winner!

Yes, American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza just won the 2015 Kentucky Derby!   An official time of 2:03.02.   This is two years in a row for Victor.   In two weeks the horses will go to Baltimore, Maryland and run in the Preakness Stakes.   The third race for the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.   The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. Will American Pharoah be able to do it??   Here is the proud owner of American Pharoah holding the Kentucky Derby trophy.

The trophy

The trophy and trainer, Bob Baffert front left

I, Zeb the Duck, think horse racing is exciting. Some humans even call the Kentucky Derby the fastest 2 minutes in sports.   Or today, 2 minute and 3.02 seconds.   Do you think American Pharoah will win the Triple Crown?