American Pharoah wins 140th running of the Preakness Stakes; keeping Triple Crown bid alive

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Jockey Victor Espinoza guides American Pharoah #18 on track prior to the start of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP/PIX11) — American Pharoah has won the Preakness in a driving rain, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.

With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah will bring a six-race winning streak into the Belmont, which will be run on June 6 in New York.

Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah was a heavy favorite in the Preakness despite starting from the unfavorable No. 1 post.

Breaking fast on a sloppy track Saturday as thunder roared in the background, American Pharoah took control early and won easily.

Jockey Victor Espinoza rode American Pharoah. A year ago, Espinoza won the Derby and Preakness aboard California Chrome before losing in the Belmont.