(Reuters) - California Chrome won the 140th Kentucky Derby in brilliant fashion at a bright and sunny Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Perfectly ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome pinned back his ears and sprinted clear of his rivals to easily win the $2.2 million, one and a quarter mile classic.
Commanding Curve, one of the longshots in the 19-horse field, finished strongly to take second while Danza battled in for third.
Unbeaten in four starts this season, California Chrome started as the 5-2 favorite after romping to victories in previous races, including last month's Santa Anita Derby that was one of the key lead-up events to the Run for the Roses.
His 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman became the oldest man to train the winner of the Kentucky Derby.
(Reporting by Julian Linden in New York; editing by Gene Cherry)