Kentucky Derby 2014: Final Results, Standings, Payouts and Replay Highlights

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 3, 2014

Victor Espinoza rides 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/Darron Cummings)
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The 140th Kentucky Derby certainly lived up to its billing.

With the second-largest crowd to ever attend the prestigious race at Churchill Downs, the strong field of 19 horses didn't disappoint on Saturday.

The day belonged to California Chrome. The race's favorite put on a sparkling performance right out of the gate.

California Chrome broke quickly from the fifth post, and jockey Victor Espinoza tightened the reins shortly after to avoid running into traffic at the front of the pack.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza,  leads the field out of the fourth turn enroute to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/G
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Espinoza maintained a great pace, as California Chrome held strong right behind the lead horses heading into the final turn.

That's when Espinoza and California Chrome made their move.

Drifting slightly to the outside coming into the final stretch, California Chrome's endurance and closing speed were well on display. With about 200 yards remaining in the race, it appeared as though California Chrome had roughly a lead of four lengths.

Commanding Curve also came on strong at the end but was no match for the blazing California Chrome, winning handily by 1 3/4 lengths.

Here's a look at California Chrome's dazzling performance:

This was an incredible feat for a horse with a less-than-stellar pedigree and an unproven trainer.

The gamble paid off in a big way. With California Chrome's win, 77-year-old Art Sherman became the oldest winning Derby trainer, and Espinoza recorded his first Derby win since he rode War Emblem in 2002.

Sherman was an exercise boy for the legendary Swaps—the 1955 Kentucky Derby winner—in his youth. During a post-race interview, via John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times, Sherman visited Swaps' grave prior to the race.

He explained, "Well, when I went to Swaps' grave the other day I said a little prayer and it came true. I said I hope he's another Swaps."

Once all was said and done, the results for the 2014 Run for the Roses came to fruition:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
15California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman
217Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart
34DanzaJoe BravoTodd Pletcher
420Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJimmy Jerkens
56SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.
612Dance With FateCorey NakataniPeter Eurton
719Ride On CurlinCalvin BorelBilly Gowan
814Medal CountRobby AlbaradoDale Romans
913ChituMartin GarciaBob Baffert
107We Miss ArtieJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher
118General A RodJoel RosarioMike Maker
1216Intense HolidayJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher
1318Candy BoyGary StevensJohn Sadler
143Uncle SighIrad Ortiz Jr.Gary Contessa
1515TapitureRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen
162Harry's HolidayCorey LanerieMike Maker
179VinceremosJoe Rococo Jr.Todd Pletcher
1810Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo
191Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker
--11HoppertunityMike SmithBob Baffert

If you happened to be one of the lucky bettors to pick California Chrome, Commanding Curve or Danza, here's a look at the payouts heading your way:

2014 Kentucky Derby Payouts
California Chrome$7.00$5.60$4.20
Commanding Curve--$31.80$15.40

Next on the slate will be the Preakness on Saturday, May 17. This will be California Chrome's next stop on his road to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Early odds are already coming in for California Chrome to be that next horse, according to a tweet from RJ Bell of

Saturday's win was well deserving for California Chrome; however, that was just the first step.

The Preakness and Belmont Stakes will bring plenty of challenges of their own. Although, after watching Saturday's dominating performance, this horse sure looks ready for whatever comes his way.