The 2014 Kentucky Derby was one of the most anticipated horse races of the year, and California Chrome’s victory Saturday has many fans anticipating a serious chance to see history made in the Triple Crown hunt.
Focus for many horses and teams has already shifted to the Preakness Stakes, but the top finishers at Churchill Downs received huge payouts for their elite performances.
Here is the entire finishing order, the purse information for the top finishers, the winning time and the lengths back for each horse.
|1||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||$1,417,800||2:03.66|
|2||Commanding Curve||Shaun Bridgmohan||Dallas Stewart||$400,000||1 3/4|
|3||Danza||Joe Bravo||Todd Pletcher||$200,000||3|
|4||Wicked Strong||Rajiv Maragh||Jimmy Jerkens||$100,000||5 3/4|
|5||Samraat||Jose Ortiz||Rick Violette Jr.||$60,000||5 3/4|
|6||Dance With Fate||Corey Nakatani||Peter Eurton||6 1/4|
|7||Ride On Curlin||Calvin Borel||Billy Gowan||6 3/4|
|8||Medal Count||Robby Albarado||Dale Romans||7 1/2|
|9||Chitu||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||8|
|10||We Miss Artie||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||8 1/4|
|11||General A Rod||Joel Rosario||Mike Maker||8 1/4|
|12||Intense Holiday||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||9|
|13||Candy Boy||Gary Stevens||John Sadler||11 3/4|
|14||Uncle Sigh||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Gary Contessa||15|
|15||Tapiture||Ricardo Santana Jr.||Steve Asmussen||16 1/4|
|16||Harry's Holiday||Corey Lanerie||Mike Maker||22 1/2|
|17||Vinceremos||Joe Rococo Jr.||Todd Pletcher||28|
|18||Wildcat Red||Luis Saez||Jose Garoffalo||28 1/4|
|19||Vicar's In Trouble||Rosie Napravnik||Mike Maker||38 1/4|
|Hoppertunity||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||SCR|
Breaking Down the Payouts
The 2014 Kentucky Derby was an incredible showcase of the talent that California Chrome possesses. There were serious questions about translating his West Coast success to Churchill Downs, but a dominant run proves he is a legitimate Triple Crown contender.
With a first-place finish, California Chrome won $1,417,800.
This is a huge achievement for any horse, but California Chromes doesn’t come from the prototypical pedigree. As Adam Johnson of Bloomberg.com points out, it’s stunning that this horse is now a serious contender to achieve history:
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
Trainer Art Sherman told the Associated Press, via ESPN, about earning respect with the victory and how his jockey ran the race:
Sometimes you don't get a lot of respect. We're in Kentucky and you know most of the Derby winners are bred here and few outside of Kentucky. ... I thought he rode him perfect. I was riding the last 70 yards with Victor, so I think he was riding two. He had a lot of weight on him, I can tell you that.
Sherman summed up his feelings perfectly to the Kentucky Derby’s official Twitter account:
Art Sherman on California Chrome: “He gave me the biggest thrill I ever had in my life.” #KyDerby— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 3, 2014
While California Chrome took home the biggest payout, second-place finisher Commanding Curve earned an impressive $400,000. That’s not a bad consolation prize.
Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown?
The purse for the Kentucky Derby is a great start for California Chrome, but with the chance to win the first Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978, the potential money the horse can make on and off the track will climb exponentially with each victory.
That starts with the Preakness Stakes.
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.