Kentucky Derby 2014 Times: Winner, Order of Finish and Prize Money Payouts

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome #5 to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Kentucky Derby is always the most highly anticipated event of the year, and the 2014 edition didn't disappoint. 

Emerging from a field filled with worthy contenders, it was post-time favorite California Chrome that rode into the record books as the winner of the 140th Run for the Roses:

Although California Chrome was the post-time favorite, the fact that he lived up to the hype was still impressive. His win marked the first time in the last decade that a favorite of his stature was able to cash in on his status to earn the win in Kentucky. 

Overall, this Derby wasn't characterized by blazing speed. California Chrome's winning time came in at 3.66 seconds over the two-minute mark. However, it was good enough to make him the clear winner and begin some genuine buzz about a potential triple crown bid. 

Here's a look at the complete standings with prize money payouts:

Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerLengthsPrize Money
15California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman2:03.66$1,442,800
217Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart1 3/4$400,000
34DanzaJoe BravoTodd Pletcher3$200,00
420Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJimmy Jerkens5 3/4$100,000
56SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.5 3/4$60,000
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
Per NBC Broadcast

Of the many great stories that come out of California Chrome's performance was 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman. The trainer became the oldest trainer to win a Kentucky Derby and did so on just his first attempt:

But the biggest winner of the day was the ownership of the California-bred horse. As Darren Rovell notes, the team had the opportunity to sell the derby winner before he burst onto the scene, but remained steadfast in their belief that he would pay off.

Turns out, the risk was a calculated one.

Owner Steve Coburn isn't about to sit on his laurels, either. While soaking in the reality that his dreams had just come true in Kentucky, he turned his sights to Baltimore and New York, where the last two legs of the Triple Crown will be hosted:

Whether California Chrome can win the Triple Crown will now become the major focus of the horse racing world. There hasn't been a winner of the three big races in one year since 1978, when Affirmed pulled off the feat. 

However, with an impressive performance down the stretch, California Chrome has proved that he's worth the hype that made him the race favorite in Kentucky.

With the sprinter's speed to best the field at the Preakness, and the strong finishing ability to complete the long-distance challenge of the Belmont, it's not just shallow talk that he could pull it off. He will likely be the favorite in the Triple Crown races to come.