Dortmund


It goes without saying that Bob Baffert's best horse in 2015 was American Pharoah, who ended the longstanding Triple Crown drought going back to when Affirmed swept the series in 1978.

While Pharoah was the top Thoroughbred in the Hall of Fame trainer's stable, Baffert had the top Thoroughbred based in California going into the 2015 Kentucky Derby, and that Thoroughbred was a complete package.

Sired by 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, Dortmund began his career with a six race winning streak. Graduating at Santa Anita in the autumn of 2014, Dortmund, who was named after a European soccer club, showed off his versatility during that time. He won by multiple lengths, notably in his second career start (which came at Churchill Downs, and that showed he could ship well); he won by the slimmest of margins (see the 2014 Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity). He could stalk the pace; he could Among the highlights of that run of victories were his first try against winners, which came at Churchill Downs just a couple weeks after debuting. Not only did he prove he could ship well, he captured his second race, an allowance optional claimer, by over seven lengths.