2014 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Results 2014: Final Race Chart, Finishing Times and Purse

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, pulls away from Chitu #13, ridden by Martin Garcia, coming out of the fourth turn enroute to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Steven CookContributor IIIMay 4, 2014

California Chrome took home the 2014 Kentucky Derby on a thrilling final turn as he held off Commanding Curve and Danza for the 140th Run for the Roses crown.

Entering the race with massive 5-2 odds and coming off a streak of four consecutive wins, California Chrome lived up to the giant hype Saturday at Churchill Downs. He stuck around the front of the pack from the start, with jockey Victor Espinoza maintaining his spot by the rail. 

When it came time for the final turn, California Chrome saved his best for last and turned it on to separate from the field. Down the stretch, he pulled away and looked guaranteed for a runaway finish. Commanding Curve and Danza closed the gap before it ended, but it was to no avail.

In the end, it was California Chrome topping the leaderboard:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerLengths
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 Rococo Jr.Todd Pletcher28
1810Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo28 1/4
191Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker38 1/4
11HoppertunityMike SmithBob BaffertSCR11
Per NBC Broadcast

Here's a look at the final payout:

2014 Kentucky Derby Payout
PlaceHorseOwnerWinnings
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
KentuckyDerby.com

No neck-and-neck finish was in store this time around. No unheralded underdog surfaced to steal the spotlight. But given how quickly and easily California Chrome pulled away down the stretch, the 1 1/4-mile spectacle wasn't short on excitement.

There was no doubt after Saturday's race that California Chrome was the top horse at Churchill Downs. But it still didn't match up well with recent results, per Eric Crawford of WDRB Louisville:

Regardless, California Chrome's Derby victory proved to be career-defining for many, including trainer Art Sherman.

The 77-year-old became the oldest trainer to win the Derby, per Louisville Courier Journal's Jonathan Lintner:

Of course, the work of Sherman and California Chrome is now just beginning as they look to embark on the nightmarish month of pursuing the Triple Crown. That begins with the Preakness Stakes on May 17.

No Kentucky Derby winner has gone on to win the final two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. It's been one of the more elusive droughts in sports—12 horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but none of them completed the trifecta at the Belmont Stakes.

California Chrome opened as a 6-5 favorite for the Preakness per BetVega.com's Trev Rogers, which is the best odds at the Preakness as any Derby winner in recent history. That isn't surprising given his stock prior to Churchill Downs and the convincing win that followed. 

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of the fourth turn enroute to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Image
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

There figures to be a number of familiar contenders in the field that could give the champion fits in the Preakness. Danza has the speed to go the distance, as does Samraat. Just as well, Hoppertunity was scratched last minute from the Kentucky Derby and could rebound in time to give California Chrome trouble at Pimlico Race Course.

But California Chrome has been on the money in each of his last five races now and extending the win streak to six would put the thoroughbred one race away from the Triple Crown. 

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