California Chrome Wins The 140th Kentucky Derby
California Chrome won the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday. Jockey Victor Espinoza guided the favored colt to victory in a time of 2:03.66. Commanding Curve placed second in the 19-horse field, with Danza finishing in third.
The Art Sherman-trained horse easily bested the field in front of 164,906 spectators, the second-largest crowd in Kentucky Derby history. Sherman, 77, became the oldest trainer ever to win the Derby. It was Espinoza’s second Kentucky Derby win; he rode War Emblem to victory in 2002.
California Chrome’s one-and-three-quarter lengths win on Saturday was his fifth straight victory. The colt’s 5-2 odds entering Saturday morning were the shortest for a Derby favorite since Bellamy Road in 2005.
Owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome paid $7.00 to win, $5.60 to place and $4.20 to show. Commanding Curve paid $31.80 to place and $15.40 to show, and Danza paid $3.40 to show.
Watch the full race below:
See an interview with winning jockey Victor Espinoza: