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The Undercard: In the Shadow of American Pharoah

The Undercard: In the Shadow of American Pharoah

A year ago, the dark gray clouds over Pimlico opened up and unleashed a monsoon, turning the track into a muddy mess. Lightning flashed above, and the infield and stands were ordered to be evacuated.

And yet the field of eight horses, including Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and the two horses that finished behind him, Firing Line and Dortmund, proceeded to the starting gate.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra "could not be found anywhere, so we didn't know what was going to happen," joked Bob Baffert, American Pharoah's trainer, at this year's Alibi Breakfast, an annual gathering of trainers and owners ahead of the Preakness...

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