California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

Reuters News
|
Posted: May 03, 2014 6:55 PM

(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)