Kentucky Derby 2014 Payout: Finishing Order, Purse Information and More

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

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 Images)
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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.


2014 Kentucky Derby Results
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer PayoutTime/Lengths
1 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman $1,417,8002:03.66
2 Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan Dallas Stewart $400,0001 3/4
3 Danza Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher $200,0003
4 Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh Jimmy Jerkens $100,0005 3/4
5 Samraat Jose Ortiz Rick Violette Jr. $60,0005 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 points out, it’s stunning that this horse is now a serious contender to achieve history:

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:

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.

Fan favorite Danza finished third and brought home $200,000, while fourth-place finisher Wicked Strong won an admirable $100,000. Samraat rounded out the top five and won $60,000.

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.


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