Kentucky Derby 2014 Payout: Finishing Times, Prize Money Earnings for Field

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 3, 2014

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/Matt Slocum)
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California Chrome sprinted to a resounding victory at the 2014 Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon and racked up quite the payday in the process.

After entering Saturday as a massive favorite to win the 140th Run for the Roses, California Chrome didn't disappoint. The talented thoroughbred became the first California-bred horse to win a leg of the Triple Crown since 1962. 

Holding the inside rail throughout, jockey Victor Espinoza maneuvered California Chrome to within a length of the lead throughout the race. He waited until the final turn to pull away from the field, leaving little doubt down the stretch who the victor would be.

Here's a video of California Chrome's stunning victory—his fifth straight win:

Commanding Curve came in with little talk but put together a strong race and finished second on the day while pushing California Chrome in the final few lengths. Danza, one of the other pre-race favorites, stayed close throughout and finished in third.

But it was California Chrome who took home one of horse racing's biggest events, validating the hype heading in and putting together a masterful race. This comes despite running one of the slower times in recent history, per WDRB Louisville's Eric Crawford:

Here's a look at the final results:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
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
2011HoppertunityMike SmithBob BaffertSCR
Per NBC Broadcast

Wicked Strong and Samraat finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to complete the list of purse winners:

2014 Kentucky Derby Payout
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

Last but not least, the payouts for the top three finishers, per

Despite having great odds heading into Saturday's Derby, California Chrome wasn't impacted by the curse of the overwhelming favorite. He pulled away at Churchill Downs just as he was supposed to—down the stretch and in convincing fashion. 

With the Preakness upcoming on May 17 and the Belmont Stakes on June 7, California Chrome owner Steve Coburn had a bold statement for the supporters at Churchill Downs Saturday, stating his horse would be at both:

Moving from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness offers a number of advantages. Pimlico is a shorter track at 1 3/4 miles, as opposed to the 1 1/4-mile Churchill Downs. Just as well, the field of contenders is typically cut in half, or close to it.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/G
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But there's no doubt that the Derby champion will have his fair share of contenders ready to take it from him. Hoppertunity was a late scratch over the weekend, but was among the top favorites to threaten California Chrome before that and could get healthy before Pimlico. Danza and Samraat both have the speed and the endurance to make a late push. 

However, it's tough to argue against the odds-on favorite at this point. A win at the Preakness would be California Chrome's sixth straight, a jaw-dropping feat for any horse heading into a Triple Crown bid. He saves his best for the final stretch—a must in these long-distance races—and Espinoza rides him magnificently. 

Trainer Art Sherman has put this horse in a great position to succeed, and it's tough to see him failing to take advantage of it at the Preakness to move one step closer to the first Triple Crown since 1978.