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American Pharoah cruises to win in Arkansas Derby
American Pharoah cruises to win in Arkansas Derby

American Pharoah lived up to pre-race expectations by pulling away in the stretch to win the $1-million Arkansas Derby by eight lengths on Saturday. The colt, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, went off as the heavy 1-9 favorite in the eight-horse field at Oaklawn Park. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.2 in the Kentucky Derby prep race. American Pharoah paid $2.20, $2.20 and $2.10. Far Right returned $2.80 and $2.40, and Mr. Z paid $3.80 to show. It was the fourth straight victory for last year's 2-year-old champion, and gave Baffert his second Arkansas Derby win. :: Divining Rod took charge entering the stretch to win the $250,000...

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