The 2014 Kentucky Derby was one of the wildest two minutes in sports, and the celebration surrounding California Chrome’s incredible performance and the rest of the results has fans excited about the second and third legs of the Triple Crown.
It’s around this time each year that the frenzy around horse racing really picks up. After watching such a dominant performance, the hope we could be witnessing history has hardcore and casual fans alike excited about the possibilities.
Here is California Chrome’s winning time, the full finishing order, payouts list and video highlights from Saturday’s main event.
|1||5||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||2:03.66|
|2||17||Commanding Curve||Shaun Bridgmohan||Dallas Stewart||1 3/4|
|3||4||Danza||Joe Bravo||Todd Pletcher||3|
|4||20||Wicked Strong||Rajiv Maragh||Jimmy Jerkens||5 3/4|
|5||6||Samraat||Jose Ortiz||Rick Violette Jr.||5 3/4|
|6||12||Dance With Fate||Corey Nakatani||Peter Eurton||6 1/4|
|7||19||Ride On Curlin||Calvin Borel||Billy Gowan||6 3/4|
|8||14||Medal Count||Robby Albarado||Dale Romans||7 1/2|
|9||13||Chitu||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||8|
|10||7||We Miss Artie||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||8 1/4|
|11||8||General A Rod||Joel Rosario||Mike Maker||8 1/4|
|12||16||Intense Holiday||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||9|
|13||18||Candy Boy||Gary Stevens||John Sadler||11 3/4|
|14||3||Uncle Sigh||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Gary Contessa||15|
|15||15||Tapiture||Ricardo Santana Jr.||Steve Asmussen||16 1/4|
|16||2||Harry's Holiday||Corey Lanerie||Mike Maker||22 1/2|
|17||9||Vinceremos||Joe Rococo Jr.||Todd Pletcher||28|
|18||10||Wildcat Red||Luis Saez||Jose Garoffalo||28 1/4|
|19||1||Vicar's In Trouble||Rosie Napravnik||Mike Maker||38 1/4|
|11||Hoppertunity||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||SCR|
via NBC broadcast
Here are the payouts for Saturday's race:
|1||California Chrome||Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin||$1,417,800|
|2||Commanding Curve||West Point Thoroughbreds||$400,000|
|3||Danza||Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners||$200,000|
|4||Wicked Strong||Centennial Farms||$100,000|
|5||Samraat||My Meadowview Farm||$60,000|
2014 Kentucky Derby Recap
After he won four consecutive races coming into Saturday—he won the Santa Anita Derby, San Felipe Stakes, California Cup Derby and King Glorious Stakes—California Chrome’s success shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Despite the horse’s elite performance in the Kentucky Derby, he is still the offspring of an $8,000 mare (Love the Chase) and a $2,000 stallion (Lucky Pulpit). No one would have expected California Chrome to be a Derby winner.
Congrats #CaliforniaChrome. Owners bought you're mom for $10k against the odds, breed her to $2,500 stallion, now you're 140th Derby champ— Adam Johnson (@AJInsight) May 3, 2014
Now the horse and his team are favorites for the Triple Crown.
The excitement surrounding California Chrome’s victory had his team buzzing, and the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter account shared veteran trainer Art Sherman’s response:
Art Sherman on California Chrome: “He gave me the biggest thrill I ever had in my life.” #KyDerby— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 3, 2014
As excited as Sherman was for the victory, Darren Rovell of ESPN reports that owner Steve Coburn made a risky decision, but it has paid off exponentially:
California Chrome's owners reportedly turned down an offer to sell 51% of the horse for $6M. Joked valuation was closer to $100M.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 4, 2014
Now that California Chrome is well known by every horse racing fan in the world, the focus has shifted to the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 17.
After utterly dominating the field with a strong start and an even stronger run to the front, this horse will be the favorite in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The Belmont Stakes is the third piece to the puzzle, but if California Chrome can win the Preakness, there is no doubt he has the power and speed to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.