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141st ‘Run for the Roses’ Has Record Turnout

Added on: May 19, 2015

American Pharoah won the 141st ‘Run for the Roses’ race ($2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands) and the victory was witnessed by a record-breaking 170,513 spectators. The previous attendance record was set back in 2012 when 165,307 turned out at Churchill Downs to watch I’ll Have Another win the 138th Kentucky Derby.

“We congratulate the connections of American Pharoah on his victory in this year’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands,” said the President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, Kevin Flanery. He then went on to say, “It was truly a team effort here at Churchill Downs and I want to thank the horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and employees who created an extraordinary opening week and an unforgettable Derby day. We look forward to an impressive 2015 Spring Meet.”

It was also announced that all sources of wagering on both the Kentucky Derby program and on the actual Kentucky Derby race was the highest on record. This year’s event was won by American Pharoah who is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and was ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza.

Speaking about the historic victory, Baffert said, “It’s fun to come here, but I think this win was different than my other ones. I needed to get it done. I needed to win it. Something was building that something good was going to happen. And it did. It was a big sigh of relief. I was like ‘mission accomplished.’ That’s the feeling I have at this time.” We obtained all of these comments from the official Kentucky Derby website.

This was the fourth time that Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby with other victories coming back in 2002 with War Emblem, in 1998 with Real Quiet and in 1997 with Silver Charm. This year’s winning jockey is also no stranger to winning this prestigious US horse racing event. Espinoza was riding War Emblem in 2002 and he rode California Chrome last year in the 140th Kentucky Derby.

American Pharoah also won Saturday's 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico by seven lengths under the Twin Spires, less than two weeks after the Kentucky Derby took place. Tale of Verve came in second. In third place was Divining Rod and Dortmund (the Kentucky Derby third-placer) came in fourth. Remember to keep checking back with us on a regular basis for more of the latest and most talked about horse racing news & events.