California Chrome of Coalinga wins 140th Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (Morry Gash)
May 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
California Chrome won the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The horse was born and raised at Harris Farms in Coalinga.

Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. They finished the 1? miles in 2:03.66.

The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five and became the first California-bred horse to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962. Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest winning Derby trainer.

In a game dominated by millionaires and billionaires, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare named Love The Chase to a $2,500 stallion to win the world's most famous race with their one-horse stable. The two owners turned down a $6 million offer for half ownership of the derby favorite.

Commanding Curve, a 37-1 shot, rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth and Samraat finished fifth.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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