Kentucky Derby Results 2014: Reviewing Race Standings and Prize Money Chart

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome around turn four 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 proved on Saturday afternoon that sometimes, it's safe to go chalk in high-stakes horse racing.

Where many odds-on favorites have failed to live up to expectations, the California-bred horse did everything he could to live up to his pre-race favorite status. In doing so, he broke a long dry spell for horses who enter the gates as the favorite:

However, California Chrome wasn't the only one racing on Saturday. There was plenty of intrigue throughout the field, and it's possible that the horse that will wind up breaking up his Triple Crown bid will come from the 140th Run for the Roses. Here's a look at the final standings and prize money distribution:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
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
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The obvious storyline emerging from the Derby will be California Chrome's run at the Triple Crown. However, a contender to watch as the horses make their way to Baltimore will be Danza. 

The Arkansas Derby winner came into the race as one of the favorites to give California Chrome a run for his money, and he didn't disappoint. He claimed a third-place finish in the race despite being one of many horses who had a less-than-ideal trip on race day:

If Danza can avoid being bumped early in the Preakness or Belmont, his closing speed will be something that gives California Chrome trouble. 

Looking back at horses who did have a good trip, Commanding Curve emerged as an interesting contender going through. With Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, he gave long-shot bettors a horse to root for as he placed second as a 50-1 underdog. 

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  California Chrome with Victor Espinoza up crosses the finish line ahead of Commanding Curve #17 and Danza #4 to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jam
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Those odds are sure to be a lot lower if and when the horse competes in the smaller field in Baltimore. 

Rounding out the top four was Wicked Smart. He figures to be one of the few horses that can push California Chrome over the last two legs of the Triple Crown. He came into the race with strong 6-1 odds, and his backers should take solace in the horse's fourth-place finish from all the way on the outside at the No. 20 post. 

However, for now, California Chrome stands out as the top horse in racing. His strong finish led to joyful words from first-time Derby-winning trainer Art Sherman and should do wonders in drawing interest at the Preakness:

With the field coming up short against the odds-on favorite, the Derby served as a tantalizing appetizer to a potential Triple Crown bid. After breaking the trend of favorites struggling to claim victory in Louisville, he just might have what it takes to etch his name into horse racing lore for decades to come.