2014 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 2014: Standings, Winning Time and Prize Money Results

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Victor Espinoza celebrates  in the winners circle after riding California Chrome #5 to victory in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

Make it five in a row for California Chrome.

The race favorite didn't disappoint, running away from the pack in the final stretch and holding off the late push of Commanding Curve to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. While the victory wasn't as dominant as his previous performances—including that now-famous Santa Anita Derby run—it was still a pretty comfortable victory.

And five straight wins, at that.

Commanding Curve finished second, while Danza's charging run down the stretch left him in third. According to the Associated Press, via ESPN, California Chrome finished with a time of two minutes and 3.66 secondsHere's how the entire field finished:

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 Rococo Jr.Todd Pletcher28
1810Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo28 1/4
191Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker38 1/4
11HoppertunityMike SmithBob BaffertSCR
via NBC broadcast

And here are the purse payouts:

Kentucky Derby Payouts
PlaceHorseOwnerWinnings
1California ChromeSteve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin$1,417,800
2Commanding CurveWest Point Thoroughbreds$400,000
3DanzaEclipse Thoroughbred Partners$200,000
4Wicked StrongCentennial Farms$100,000
5SamraatMy Meadowview Farm$60,000
KentuckyDerby.com

Finally, here are the betting payouts, via Covers.com:

And in case you missed the race, you're in luck, as you can see California Chrome dominate below:

What a story California Chrome is. His mother, Love the Chase, was purchased for $8,000 and was bred with Lucky Pulpit for $2,000. The resulting foal was California Chrome, who Saturday alone earned $1,417,800. 

Also consider the following, from Darren Rovell of ESPN:

Given how popular California Chrome is going to be as a sire once he retires, he'll be worth much, much more than that. 

David Goldman/Associated Press

And he certainly gave his trainer a moment to treasure, via the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter account:

So now all of the focus turns to the Preakness Stakes, where California Chrome's speed should play very well on the shorter track. If California Chrome was going to struggle in a Triple Crown race, it would probably be the longer Belmont Stakes, though part of CC's allure is his versatility.

One would guess Hoppertunity would run in Baltimore and be one of the major challengers to the Derby champion. Hoppertunity was considered one of the primary contenders for the Kentucky Derby before being withdrawn.

It's possible that this year's Kentucky Oaks winner, Untapable, could also be unleashed for the Preakness. Now that would be a fun matchup, though it's probably an unlikely one. 

If Danza runs at Pimlico, he'd certainly be a threat, as would Samraat. Both horses have dangerous speed and could give California Chrome a run for his money. 

Even if the smart money remains on the Kentucky Derby winner.

 

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