Jockey Victor Espinoza, left, raises his hat while riding American Pharoah after winning the 141st Kentucky Derby.Jockey Victor Espinoza, left, raises his hat while riding American Pharoah after winning the 141st Kentucky Derby.Photo: Bloomberg

Bob Baffert’s star colt American Pharoah has turned in a powerful performance to claim the 2015 Kentucky Derby (2000 metres).

American Pharoah had the overwhelming support of the crowd that turned up to Churchill Downs for the 141st renewal of the first leg of the American Triple Crown.