California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Victor Espinoza aboard California Chrome (5) celebrates as they cross the finish line to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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by BETH HARRIS / The Associated Press

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Posted on May 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - California Chrome pulled away down the stretch for a dominant win the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

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 1¼ miles in 2:03.66.

The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five and 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 to a $2,500 stallion to win the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable.

Long shot Commanding Curve rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth.

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