Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – California Chrome lived up to its billing as a 5-2 favorite, pulling away down the stretch to win the 140th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, California Chrome notched his fifth straight win in front of 164,906, the second largest crowd in Derby history, in 2:03.66.
“I think we get along together very well,” Espinoza said. “He’s just an impressive horse, an amazing horse.”
California Chrome was the fifth California-bred horses who have won the sport’s most prestigious race. Previously, the last California-bred horse to win the Derby was Decidedly in 1962, and only three have accomplished the feat.
The win was the first for 77-year-old Art Sherman in his 34 years as a trainer. Sherman was previously at the Derby as a rider with the 1955 winner Swaps.
Sherman surpassed Charlie Whittingham as the oldest trainer to win the Derby. Whittingham was 76 when Sunday Silence won in 1989.
Commanding Curve and Danza finished second and third, respectively.
California Chrome paid $7 to win, $5.60 to place and $4.20 on a $2 bet to show. Commanding Curve paid $31.80 to place and $15.40 to show. Danza paid $6 to show.
With the victory, California Chrome will be the favorite as the Triple Crown shifts to Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course in two weeks for the Preakness May 17.
The final leg of the 2014 Triple Crown, the 1½ mile Belmont Stakes, is set for June 7 in New York.