2014 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Results 2014: Race Highlights, Video Replay and Reaction

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/Garry Jones)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 3, 2014

Sometimes, horses are as good as advertised. That was the case with California Chrome on Saturday at the 140th Kentucky Derby.

The colt ran away from the field during the final seconds of the race to capture the first jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown. California Chrome's 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman was ecstatic when the race was over.

America's Best Racing captured this quote:

Sherman's horse came into the Run for the Roses as the 5-2 favorite, per KentuckyDerby.com. He surely didn't disappoint.

Here's a look at California Chrome's triumphant run:

Here are the final results, per the NBC broadcast:

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

Sherman became the oldest trainer to ever celebrate a victory at the Kentucky Derby. The horse and jockey Victor Espinoza took a competitive position early. As they approached the final stretch, Espinoza chided the dynamic horse to make a commanding move. Through the final quarter of the race, California Chrome made it look easy.

Congratulations came in from all over the Twitterverse:

After such a dominant win, the horse racing world must brace itself for two weeks of Triple Crown talk heading into the 139th Preakness Stakes on May 17.

The sport is thirsty for a superstar horse that can captivate the attention of the casual fan. A Triple Crown winner would do just that.

I'll Have Another won the first two legs in 2012 but was scratched from the Belmont Stakes a day before he had a chance to make history. 

As it stands, the sport hasn't seen a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed pulled off the trick in 1978. If California Chrome captures the Preakness Stakes, he may become one of the most compelling stories in the sport over the last 20 years.

Not only is he trained by a gentleman who is close to his 80th birthday, he is also the product of an $8,000 mare and a $2,500 stallion from a one-horse stable, per ESPN.com.

America loves a good story. If California Chrome keeps winning, he'll be at the center of a great one.

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