Kentucky Derby 2014; California Chrome Ready to Rock
Kentucky Derby 2014; California Chrome Ready to Rock: California Chrome is the top contender in this year’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014. The three-year-old colt sits in the first place position on the 2014 Kentucky Derby leader board with 150 points. Fans and experts agree that California Chrome has what it takes to beat the tough competition in the 1 1/4 mile dirt race. California Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman sits calm and cool in the pre-derby chaos and decided to ship the chestnut colt to Louisville, Kentucky early this week.
California Chrome’s most recent final four-furlong workout took place on Saturday, April 26th at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California, the colt’s familiar track. The California-bred had completed an “easy” half mile in :48.20 with a gallop out in 1:01 under regular rider and teammate Victor Espinoza.
Art Sherman reported, “Victor told me he couldn’t believe how easy the horse went. He just said he felt so good. Victor wrapped up on him and didn’t let him do too much. He knows this horse so well. He’s been riding him and he’s been on him for all his works. It couldn’t be any better.”
The likely 2014 Kentucky Derby favorite is scheduled to ship from California to Kentucky sometime on Monday now that he’s completed the bulk of his training. Art Sherman reported he is very happy with California Chrome’s workout saying, “It was very good. Exactly what I needed for the horse. He doesn’t need much now. He’s ready. I just wanted to put some air into him. He’s happy and fresh. That’s the way I want to keep him for this race.”
California Chrome was foaled on February 18th, 2011. California Chrome is an American Thoroughbred Colt sired by Lucky Pulpit and dam Love the Chase. California Chrome got his name from the flashy white markings, which are called “chrome.”
California Chrome is owned by Coburn, Steven and Martin, Perry and Bred by Martin Perry and Steve Coburn as well. California Chrome is trained by a father and son team Art Sherman and Alan Sherman. Jockey Victor Espinoza teams up with California Chrome for the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
Recently, California Chrome ran in the March 8th, 2014 San Felipe Stakes (watch replay) at Santa Anita Park. California Chrome had an impressive 1st place finish in the grade 2 1 1/16 mile race. More recently, this month, California Chrome ran in the Santa Anita Derby (watch replay) on April 5th at Santa Anita Park. California Chrome was on a winning streak also taking home first place in the grade 1 1/18 mile race. The colt has one all four of his last races with jockey Victor Espinoza.
California Chrome is a multiple graded stakes winner. This year alone, California Chrome has had 3 starts and has won first place in all three starts for yearly earnings of $920,000 and $306,667 earnings per start this year. Over the course of California Chrome’s career there have been 10 starts, including 6 firsts, 1 second, and 0 thirds. California Chrome’s total career earnings equal $1,134,850 with $113,485 earnings per start. California Chrome is currently ranked in 1st place out of 29,097 horses.
The 2014 Kentucky Derby is the 11th race of the day at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2014 with a 6:32 PM EDT post time and will be aired on NBC from 4:00-7:00 PM.
Kentucky Derby 2014 Odds and Post Positions
1 Vicar’s In Trouble 20-1 and Rosie Napravnik
2 Harry’s Holiday 50-1 and Corey Lanerie
3 Uncle Sigh 30-1 and Irad Ortiz, Jr.
4 Danza 8-1 and Joe Bravo
5 California Chrome 5-2 and Victor Espinoza
6 Samraat 15-1 and Jose Ortiz
7 We Miss Artie 50-1 and Javier Castellano
8 General A Rod 15-1 and Joel Rosario
9 Vinceremos 30-1 and Joe Rocco, Jr.
10 Wildcat Red 15-1 and Luis Saez
Hoppertunity 6-1 and Mike Smith SCRATCHED
11 Dance With Fate 20-1 and Corey Nakatani
12 Chitu 20-1 and Martin Garcia
13 Medal Count 20-1 and Robby Albarado
14 Tapiture 12-1 and Ricardo Santana Jr.
15 Intense Holiday 8-1 and John Velazquez
16 Commanding Curve 50-1 Shaun Bridgmohan
17 Candy Boy 15-1 and Gary Stevens
18 Ride On Curlin 15-1 and Calvin Borel
19 Wicked Strong 6-1 and Rajiv Maragh
20 Pablo Del Monte 50-1 and Jeffrey Sanchez