California Chrome wins the 2014 Kentucky Derby
California Chrome wins the 2014 Kentucky Derby: California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza won the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The three-year-old colt was the heavy favorite going into the Run for the Roses and will now travel to Baltimore, Maryland for the Preakness Stakes on May 17, 2014 for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. See Replay Below
The 2014 Kentucky Derby was California Chrome’s fifth consecutive win in front of the second largest Kentucky Derby crowd of 164,906. Horse racing is extremely unpredictable but most everyone felt the Art Sherman trained colt would live up to the hype and he surely delivered.
Trainer Art Sherman is the oldest trainer to ever win the Kentucky Derby at 77-years-old. Co-owner Steve Coburn celebrated a birthday today in addition to the Kentucky Derby victory.
The mom and pop horse with the “blue collar pedigree” made a lot of dreams come true by winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Trainer Art Sherman said, “California Chrome is a dream come true. It’s kind of like a dream come true for a lot of people because he’s the first horse the owners bred, he made it to the Derby and what they paid for him. The smaller breeders in California, they’ve got a chance now. They don’t have to spend a million dollars on a horse.”
Nineteen three-year-old colts took to the Churchill Downs track today for the 2014 Kentucky Derby after Hoppertunity was scratched from the race. The horses entered the gate leaving the #1 post empty. Everyone seemed to have a clean break from the starting gate. California Chrome stayed cool and calm until the last stretch and won the 1 1/4 mile dirt race in a time of 2:03.66. California Chrome won the 2014 Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.
California Chrome’s trip down the Kentucky Derby Trail has been a successful one. Before winning the first jewel of the Triple Crown, California Chrome won the Santa Anita Derby on April 5th and the San Felipe Stakes on March 8th. Winning both of those Derby prep races put California Chrome in the fifth place position on the Kentucky Derby leader boards with 150 points.
California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn said in the post race press conference that he will fly the colt first class to Pimlico while he and his wife fly coach for the 2014 Preakness Stakes. Victor Espinoza announced he will donate 10% of his winnings to children with cancer. The winning jockey was tearful when he spoke about the kids that touched his heart.
Kentucky Derby 2014 Results & Payouts
California Chrome $7.00 to Win, $5.60 to Place, $4.20 to Show
Commanding Curve $31.80 to Place, $15.40 to Show
Danza $6.00 to Show
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