The only doubts about California Chrome going into the 140th Kentucky Derby were based on phantoms about his origins.
Yes, he was the product of a $2,000 stallion and a filly who only won a single time on the racetrack. But the California-bred had a pedigree beyond the most recent generations filled with the legends of horse racing.
He ran like one Saturday, winning the most important horse race in the world in nearly effortless style, by 1 3/4 lengths over long shot Commanding Curve in a time of 2:03.66. The drumbeats now will begin for the possibility of the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
With that in mind, here are five winners and five losers coming out of the Derby.