Kentucky Derby 2014 Purse: Distribution of Payout for Each Owner, Horse, Jockey

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2014

May 3, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; A general view of roses in the infield with the twin spires in the background before the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Kentucky Derby was one of the most exciting races of the year thus far, and after the purse payout was determined, it was clear that horse racing fans were treated to an ideal first leg of the Triple Crown.

California Chrome lived up to all of the expectations coming into the 140th Kentucky Derby by winning the race, and he managed to steal the show in his fifth race in a row by starting his quest for the Triple Crown with an ideal run.

Source: Bleacher Report and NBC Sports

Here is how the payouts will be distributed for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.


Kentucky Derby 2014 Purse for Owners, Horses and Jockeys
Finish HorseOwnerJockeyPayout
First California ChromeSteve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise MartinVictor Espinoza$1,442,800
Second Commanding CurveWest Point ThoroughbredsShaun Bridgmohan$400,000
Third DanzaEclipse Thoroughbred PartnersJoe Bravo$200,000
Fourth Wicked StrongCentennial FarmsJames A. Jerkens$100,000
Fifth SamraatMy Meadowview FarmJose Ortiz$60,000
Total Purse $2,202,800


Breaking Down the 2014 Kentucky Derby

The 2014 Kentucky Derby was won by the betting favorite California Chrome, and he proved to be the legitimate Triple Crown contender many experts believed he could be.

California Chrome won each of his previous four races leading into this event—he won the Santa Anita Derby, San Felipe Stakes, California Cup Derby and King Glorious Stakes—and looks to have the momentum heading into the Preakness Stakes.

ESPN’s stat department shared some interesting statistics about California Chrome’s victory:

The race was drastically changed before it even began as well. With legendary trainer Bob Baffert scratching Hoppertunity, bettors were forced to look elsewhere for a favorite to bet on.

Baffert told Esther Marr of The Blood-Horse about why he made the choice:

While much credit goes to the spectacular runs of second-place finisher Commanding Curve and third-place finisher Danza, this was California Chrome’s introduction to the casual fans who will now be rooting him on for a Triple Crown victory.

The sports world has been desperate for another Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won in 1978, and with California Chrome looking strong enough to accomplish the feat, the frenzy over the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 17, will be through the roof.

The horse racing madness is only picking up steam.


*Stats via