Kentucky Derby Results 2014: Finishing Order, Replay Video and Payouts

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2014

Victor Espinoza celebrates after riding California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

California Chrome etched his name into history by living up to expectations and earning first place in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The overwhelming favorite coming into the race got off to a strong start to stay near the front of the pack in the early going. By the final straightaway, jockey Victor Espinoza pulled away his horse from the rest of the contenders and across the finish line.

Here is a look at the complete race, courtesy of NBC Sports:

Commanding Curve charged late to earn second, helping many fans who bet on the long shot to place in the prestigious race.

In third place was Danza, who had a strong race but could not keep up late. Still, it did not seem like too many thoroughbreds could have stuck around with California Chrome in this dominant performance. Here is the complete finishing order of the race:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerLengths
15California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman-
217Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart1 3/4
34DanzaJoe BravoTodd Pletcher3
420Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJimmy Jerkens5 3/4
56SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.5 3/4
612Dance With FateCorey NakataniPeter Eurton6 1/4
719Ride On CurlinCalvin BorelBilly Gowan6 3/4
814Medal CountRobby AlbaradoDale Romans7 1/2
913ChituMartin GarciaBob Baffert8
107We Miss ArtieJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher8 1/4
118General A RodJoel RosarioMike Maker8 1/4
1216Intense HolidayJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher9
1318Candy BoyGary StevensJohn Sadler11 3/4
143Uncle SighIrad Ortiz Jr.Gary Contessa15
1515TapitureRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen16 1/4
162Harry's HolidayCorey LanerieMike Maker22 1/2
179VinceremosJoe Rocco Jr.Todd Pletcher28
1810Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo28 1/4
191Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker38 1/4
11HoppertunityMike SmithBob BaffertSCR
via NBC Broadcast

One of the biggest reasons fans watch the Kentucky Derby is the betting factor. Considering the popularity of California Chrome, this obviously made a bunch of fans extremely happy.

Covers.com provides the complete breakdown of payouts:

Still, this should not take away from the great effort of California Chrome and his entire team.

Art Sherman became the oldest trainer ever to win the Kentucky Derby at 77 years old. Most impressively, it was the first time he had a horse compete in this event.

Unsurprisingly, he was emotional afterward while making these statements:

While his time of two minutes and 3.66 seconds was not too great compared to other Derby winners in the past, this was a relatively slow race from the beginning. Few horses were pushing the pace, so California Chrome was satisfied in just keeping up before making his move.

Meanwhile, Commanding Curve should also be satisfied with his effort after coming into the race with better than 15-1 odds to win. Heading into the gate, this was the only thoroughbred finishing strong, according to Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form:

The attention now shifts to the Preakness Stakes, as everyone will want to know if California Chrome has what it takes to win the Triple Crown. According to RJ Bell of Grantland, the odds are not too long:

Considering no one has won the Triple Crown since 1978, it would be a mistake to assume he can get it done in 2014. Still, it is clear that he is the fastest horse in the field and should be a top contender unless something goes wrong.

 

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