Kentucky Derby Jockeys 2014: Order of Finish, Winning Time, Prize Money Payout

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 3, 2014

Victor Espinoza celebrates after riding California Chrome to victory in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Six months ago, California Chrome crossed the finish line sixth at the one-mile Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita Park. He looked exactly like a horse whose dam was small, slow and worth a mere $8,000. 

Then Victor Espinoza climbed aboard. 

Since that transition, California Chrome has reeled off five consecutive wins, looking faster and more dominant with each subsequent victory, culminating with a transcendent performance in the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. 

Here's a look at the win for Espinoza and the three-year-old colt, who lived up to every bit of the hype after entering the post as a 5-2 favorite, per KentuckyDerby.com

Art Sherman, who became the oldest trainer ever to win the Derby was understandably emotional after the win:

Easily the fastest horse in the field, California Chrome appeared set to replicate his previous four wins, which totaled over 24 lengths in margin of victory, via bloodhorse.com, but a tremendous ride from Shaun Bridgmohan atop 50-1 longshot Commanding Curve narrowed the gap during the final stretch. 

Here's a look at the final order of finish, including California Chrome's winning time and the length of victory over each horse:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerWinning Time/Lengths
15California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman2:03.66
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
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While California Chrome's win was thoroughly impressive, the final time of 2:03.66 certainly was not, especially on a fast track. 

As ESPN's Lane Gold noted, via The Courier-Journal's Gregory Hall, it was the slowest such winning run in four decades: 

Overall, only two winners since 1989 have had a time slower than California Chrome's, and if you want to make a comparison to Secretariat, the Triple Crown winner would have come out an astounding 12 lengths in front, per PocketFullOfLiberty.com's Jay Caruso:

Of course, just stating those numbers without any context isn't exactly fair. The pace at this year's Run for the Roses was supposed to be blazing, but that simply never happened. The first three-quarters of the 10-furlong race were essentially a crawl, and Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 as well, used that to his advantage, staying close before turning it on to break away down the final stretch. 

So, don't blame California Chrome for the slow time. Credit Espinoza for running a smart race and playing to his amazing horse's strengths. 

Todd Pletcher's horse Danza, who was just 10-1, came in third, completing an obtainable and profitable trifecta if you were willing to go out on a limb with Commanding Curve. 

Here's a look at the complete payout: 

2014 Kentucky Derby Payouts
HorseWinPlaceShow
California Chrome$7.00$5.60$4.20
Commanding Curve$31.80$15.40
Danza$6.00
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Attention now immediately turns to the Preakness Stakes, and with a small field likely and a shorter track, California Chrome will undoubtedly be the strong favorite, no matter what kind of pace plays out at Pimlico. 

Belmont's longer trackTrakus revealed California Chrome wasn't actually the fastest in the final fourth—may ultimately prove difficult in a quest for the Triple Crown, but it's clear we're witnessing a special horse with the perfect team.