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Record crowd watches American Pharoah race to Preakness win

Record crowd watches American Pharoah race to Preakness win

American Pharoah swept to a commanding victory — and kept alive hopes for an elusive Triple Crown — as Baltimore eagerly embraced the 140th Preakness' boisterous daylong festivities, which came less than three weeks after the city was torn by riots and looting. Amid a sudden rainstorm and lightning warnings that prompted officials to begin clearing the infield and part of the grandstand, American Pharoah led throughout the muddy race and pulled away from the small field of seven other horses in front of a record crowd of 131,680. His seven-length win — after his win in the Kentucky Derby on May 2 — gave racing fans hope for the first Triple Crown winner since...

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