Kentucky Derby 2014 Video: Replay Highlights, Race Results and Breakdown

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Kentucky Derby 2014 Video: Replay Highlights, Race Results and Breakdown
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As the odds and pre-race hype suggested, California Chrome was the clear class of the Kentucky Derby field. 

The Art Sherman trainee won the 140th Run for the Roses by turning on the jets early on the homestretch and then cruising to victory. Although the win for the runaway favorite was no surprise, Commanding Curve's closing burst to place was. 

Leaving the gate at 50-1, Commanding Curve was not expected to be among the top finishers, but he proved how undervalued he was with a huge closing kick.

Behind Commanding Curve were a couple of pre-race favorites with Danza coming in third and Wicked Strong closing to fourth. Have a look at all the results. 

 

At 77, Sherman became the oldest trainer to ever win the Kentucky Derby, and this is just one fact about California Chrome's story that makes him such a charming and surprising winner. His recent performances are not one of those facts. 

California Chrome has now won five straight races, and he's been completely dominant in that stretch. On Saturday, he won by less than two lengths, but that does not tell the whole story. In case you missed it, here is the race. 

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
Pos. Post Horse Jockey Trainer Earnings
1 5 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman $1,442,800
2 17 Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan Dallas Stewart $400,000
3 4 Danza Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher $200,000
4 20 Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh Jimmy Jerkens $100,000
5 6 Samraat Jose Ortiz Rick Violette Jr. $60,000
6 12 Dance With Fate Corey Nakatani Peter Eurton
7 19 Ride On Curlin Calvin Borel Billy Gowan
8 14 Medal Count Robby Albarado Dale Romans
9 13 Chitu Martin Garcia Bob Baffert
10 7 We Miss Artie Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher
11 8 General A Rod Joel Rosario Mike Maker
12 16 Intense Holiday John Velazquez Todd Pletcher
13 18 Candy Boy Gary Stevens John Sadler
14 3 Uncle Sigh Irad Ortiz Jr. Gary Contessa
15 15 Tapiture Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen
16 2 Harry's Holiday Corey Lanerie Mike Maker
17 9 Vinceremos Joe Rococo Jr. Todd Pletcher
18 10 Wildcat Red Luis Saez Jose Garoffalo
19 1 Vicar's In Trouble Rosie Napravnik Mike Maker
Scr. 11 Hoppertunity Mike Smith Bob Baffert

Source: KentuckyDerby.com

Chrome had a bit of a stumble coming out of the gate but recovered quickly. Besides, the start was not all that important. There was a slow, early pace to the race. This allowed the top contenders to comfortably get in position to make a charge down the stretch. 

Chrome was in third for much of the race behind early pace-setters Uncle Sigh and Chitu. He had no problem leaving those two in the dust as he made his charge. In fact, a few strides into his closing burst, it quickly became apparent he was going to leave every horse in his wake. 

Although Chrome's race rightfully will grab all of the headlines, don't sleep on Commanding Curve. Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh helped highlight this: 

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Before anyone starts using that to predict Commanding Curve derailing California Chrome's attempt at becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, remember that jockey Victor Espinoza let up on the last few gallops to begin his well-earned celebration. 

Chrome deserves to go off at the Preakness as a big favorite, and the Triple Crown is a real possibility. Although it is hard to project the final leg, the Belmont, given that we have no idea what the field will look like, Chrome has the speed, stamina, finishing kick and competitiveness to pull off the task. 

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