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American Pharoah Wins Gr1 Preakness Stakes
American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile-Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentlemen) earned himself a shot at the elusive US Triple Crown after leading throughout to score a dominant 7-length win over fellow colts Tale Of Verve & Divining Rod on a sloppy track in the US$1.5 million Preakness Stakes (8.5 furlongs) at Pimlico racecourse on Saturday. The Bob Baffert-trained colt will now bid to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978, and the 12th of all time, to win the Triple Crown when he lines up in the Belmont Stakes in New York on 6 June. "He's just an incredible horse," Baffert told Blood Horse. "What he does is amazing. Great horses do great things, and I think he showed that today." As for the final leg of the Triple Crown, Baffert said he wanted to enjoy this latest triumph first. "I don't even want to think about the (Triple Crown) right now," he said. "I want to enjoy this. It's tough (at Belmont Park). I've been there and I don't want to think about it for another couple of weeks." He added, "We'll just see how the horse comes back (after the Preakness). I want to enjoy this, and I want to thank everyone for being so nice to us. It has been a great ride so far." The Belmont will represent Baffert's fourth attempt at the Triple Crown, after Silver Charm, Real Quiet, and War Emblem all failed to win the Belmont Stakes after taking the first two legs. Bred by Zayat Stables, the outstanding American Pharoah took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Kentucky Derby, Gr1 Arkansas Derby & Gr1 Frontrunner Stakes) from 7 starts for US$3,730,300 earnings.