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The Kentucky Derby

2015 Kentucky Derby Results

Chalk doesn't have a very strong history at the Kentucky Derby, but on Saturday, American Pharoah made some history of his own by taking down the 141st Run for the Roses as the 5/2 post-time favorite. Bob Baffert’s horse rallied late on the outside to cross the finish line in 2:03.02, one length ahead of Firing Line (12/1) and another two lengths in front of Dortmund (3/1). That's back-to-back Derby wins for the favorite – California Chrome won last year at the same 5/2 odds.

That's also back-to-back wins for jockey Victor Espinoza, who previously won the 2002 Kentucky Derby for Baffert aboard War Emblem (21-1). It had been mostly frustration for Baffert at Churchill Downs ever since; he trained the post-time favorites in 2008 (Pioneerof the Nile at 4-1) and 2012 (Bodemeister at 4-1), only to see them come in second. No such disappointment this time.

Owner Ahmed Zayat finally tasted victory, as well. He also had to suffer while Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemiester finished second, and again when Nehro came up short at the 2011 Derby. On Saturday, Zayat claimed the gold Kentucky Derby Trophy for the first time. “Finally, no more seconds,” a beaming Zayat told reporters.

While this year's field of 18 horses (International Star, El Kabeir and Stanford were all scratched) didn't have a singular rock star like California Chrome, it was considered one of the toughest in recent memory. The 2015 Kentucky Derby ended up setting records for both live attendance and wagering, bringing in over 170,000 fans and $137.9 million in tickets on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Here are the final results for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, in order of finish and with odds attached.


Rank Post Horse Trainer ML Odds Earnings
1 No. 18 American Pharoah Bob Baffert 5/2 $2,830,300
2 No. 10 Firing Line Simon Callaghan 12/1 $974,800
3 No. 8 Dortmund Bob Baffert 3/1 $1,489,400
4 No. 15 Frosted Kiaran McLaughlin 15/1 $936,800
5 No. 5 Danzig Moon Mark Casse 30/1 $311,120
6 No. 3 Materiality Todd Pletcher 12/1 656,028
7 No. 14 Keen Ice Dale L. Romans 50/1 $160,395
8 No. 6 Mubtaahij Mike de Kock 20/1 1,461,332
9 No. 13 Itsaknockout Todd Pletcher 30/1 $335,360
10 No. 2 Carpe Diem Todd Pletcher 8/1 $1,519,800
11 No. 21 Frammento Nicholas Zito 69/1 $139,700
12 No. 9 Bolo Carla Gaines 30/1 $249,700
13 No. 17 Mr. Z D. Wayne Lukas 50/1 $652,226
14 No. 1 Ocho Ocho Ocho Jim Cassidy 15/1 $836,800
15 No. 20 Far Right Ron Moquett 30/1 $625,766
16 No. 16 War Story Tom Amoss 50/1 $243,600
17 No. 4 Tencendur George Weaver 30/1 $253,500
18 No. 19 Upstart Rick Violette Jr. 15/1 $971,480

*Odds as of May 1, 2015