California Chrome runs away with 140th running of the Kentucky Derby

05/03/2014 05:36 PM

California Chrome delivered on the hype with a dominating sprint down the stretch to run away with the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Commanding Curve came in a distant second with Danza finishing third.

California Chrome started the race as the 2-1 favorite and settled into third by the rail on the first turn. Jockey Victor Espinoza made his move at about the halfway mark and blew past Uncle Sigh and Chitu, who were pacing the field.

Art Sherman, California Chrome’s trainer, becomes the oldest trainer to win the Derby at 77. Born in Brooklyn in 1937, Sherman has spent six decades in the horse industry. Saturday was Sherman’s second time at the Kentucky Derby — his first since 1955.

California Chrome also became the first California-bred horse to win the run for the roses since 1962.

Commanding Curve, trained by Dallas Stewart and starting the race with 35-1 odds, was one of the later additions to the field, entering last week after a scratch.

California Chrome paid out $7.00 on a $2 bet to win. The trifecta for California Chrome, Commanding Curve and Danza paid $3,424.60.

This year’s Derby on a picture perfect afternoon drew 164,906 people the 2nd largest crowd in Kentucky Derby history. Only the 2012 Kentucky Derby had higher attendance, 165,307.


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