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Kentucky Derby 2015 Payout: Finishing Times, Prize Money Earnings for Field

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistMay 3, 2015

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates as he guides American Pharoah #18 after crossing the finish line to win the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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American Phaorah stormed down the final stretch to capture the 141st Kentucky Derby crown.

"The most exciting two minutes in sports" quickly devolved into a three-horse race, with Dortmund and Firing Line galloping neck-and-neck before American Pharoah passed them from the outside lane. The win marks the second straight Derby victory for jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode California Chrome last year.

Trainer Bob Baffert, who also entered third-place finisher Dortmund, picked up his fourth Run for the Roses win. His last first-place finish came 13 years ago, when Espinoza led War Emblem to glory.

Here are the full results from Saturday's race.

2015 Kentucky Derby Results
PlaceNo.HorseJockeyTrainerLengths (Behind Winning Time)
118American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert2:03.02
210Firing LineGary StevensSimon Callaghan1
38DortmundMartin GarciaBob Baffert3
415FrostedJoel RosarioKiaran McLaughlin3 1/4
55Danzig MoonJulien LeparouxMark Casse6 1/2
63MaterialityJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher7 3/4
714Keen IceKent DesormeauxDale Romans8 3/4
86MubtaahijChristophe SoumillonMike de Kock9 1/2
913ItsaknockoutLuis SaezTodd Pletcher10 1/4
102Carpe DiemJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher11
1121FrammentoCorey NakataniNick Zito12
129BoloRafael BejaranoCarla Gaines12 3/4
1317Mr. ZRamon VazquezD. Wayne Lukas15 1/2
141Ocho Ocho OchoElvis TrujilloJim Cassidy15 1/2
1520Far RightMike SmithRon Moquett15 3/4
1616War StoryJoe TalamoTom Amoss19 1/4
174TencendurManny FrancoGeorge Weaver35
1819UpstartJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.60 1/2
7El KabeirCalvin BorelJohn TerranovaSCR
11StanfordFlorent GerouxTodd PletcherSCR
12International StarMiguel MenaMichael MakerSCR
NBC broadcast

Although framed as one of Churchill Downs' most loaded fields in recent memory, the favorite once again emerged victorious. ESPN Stats & Info noted the lack of parity over the past three years:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

American Pharoah:3rd straight favorite to win Kentucky Derby- 1st time since 1972-75 that Derby favorite has won 3 or more consecutive years

With three highly regarded horses occupying the top spots, bettors will not receive highly lucrative payouts.

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2015 Kentucky Derby Payouts
HorseWinPlaceShow
American Pharoah$7.80$5.80$4.20
Firing Line-----$8.40$5.40
Dortmund----------$4.20
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In front of Louisville's largest recorded crowd, American Pharoah earned his fifth consecutive victory, the last at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Before igniting the winning streak, he finished fifth in a maiden race at Del Mar, prompting Baffert to seek Espinoza's assistance.

"I told his agent, 'I'm thinking of running a horse who was sort of a problem child,'" Baffert told the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein. "War Emblem was a problem child. [Espinoza's] pretty good with those problem-child horses."

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Jockey Victor Espinoza of American Pharoah #18 celebrates with the trophy in winners circle after winning the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Ge
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Baffert's two favorites both finished in the money, but Simon Callaghan's Firing Line nearly thwarted both of them. With 52-year-old jockey Gary Stevens at the helm, Firing Line jousted with Dortmund for top positioning during the backstretch.

He didn't falter with a sluggish finish, but he was simply beat by a dominant colt during the final furlong. Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form commended the runner-up's performance:

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman

Firing Line ran an incredible race. Runners-up often lost in focus on winner, but he only got beat one length. Well done, @simon_callaghan

Stevens' Kentucky Derby drought extends to 18 years, but the Hall of Famer still boasts three first-place finishes and nine Triple Crown victories. 

Undefeated entering the weekend, Dortmund settled for third. Yet he should remain a top contender at the Preakness Stakes, which features a shorter track at 9 ½ furlongs that works to the burner's advantage.

After American Pharoah's rousing performance, Triple Crown speculation will immediately commence. Paulick Report's Scott Jagow gives Pharoah a legitimate chance of becoming the first to win all three major events since Affirmed in 1978:

Scott Jagow @ScottJagow

American Pharoah was as advertised, great ride by Espinoza to win back-to-back Derbies. He can absolutely win Triple Crown

He'll require a quick turnaround to prepare for May 16's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Even if Baffert's colt extends his winning streak to six, the Belmont Stakes has proven a tough hurdle for contenders to climb.

Last year, California Chrome became the 12th horse to lose his Triple Crown bid at the third and final leg. While American Pharoah displayed the endurance and closing burst necessary to defy the odds, a long road lies ahead before becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner. 

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