California Chrome left no doubts about who the fastest horse was in the Santa Anita Derby. USA Today reported on April 6, 2014, that California Chrome easily won the Santa Anita Derby. California Chrome was looking really powerful through the stretch for a 5-1/4-length victory over Hoppertunity at Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Derby.
California Chrome now looks like the favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby. The Santa Anita Derby was the biggest victory in the extensive training career of Art Sherman. California Chrome is a son of Lucky Pulpit and the first foal of the Not For Love mare Love the Chase. This dynamic horse has won four consecutive races by a total of 24 ¼ lengths. Mike Smith, rider of Hoppertunity, has said of California Chrome, "You can't knock him. You knock him, you just don't like anything in life."
ESPN has reported with a crushing victory of his foes in the Santa Anita Derby California Chrome has now become a strong favorite as he heads into next month's Kentucky Derby. Victor Espinoza rode California Chrome to victory with 1 1-8 miles in 1:47.52 at Santa Anita. Trainer Art Sherman, who has been in racing for 50 years, says he's never had a horse as good as this one. The colt's owners recently turned down a $6 million offer to buy 51 percent controlling interest in the horse. In his six wins from 10 career starts California Chrome now has earnings of $1,134,850. Clearly, California Chrome has been a good investment.