California Chrome was looking like the sharpest horse in the world with a victory at the Kentucky Derby. California Chrome made winning the Kentucky Derby look easy reported USA Today on May 3, 2014. He is the first California bred horse in 52 years who has won the first leg of the Triple Crown.
This is an unbelievable story for his 77-old-year trainer and the small-time owners who bred him with a total investment of $10,000. They recently refused a $6 million offer to buy him. California Chrome won his four previous starts by a total of 24 ½ lengths. Now he's the first California native to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. He earned $1,417,800 out of a total purse of $2,177,800 for this win.
An excited a crowd of 164,906 watched California Chrome run away from the other 18 horses in the field, winning by 1 3/4 lengths. He paid $7, $5.60 and $4.20. Victor Espinoza was the winning jockey. Espinoza commented winning the Kentucky Derby riding California Chrome was an awesome feeling. In 2002 he rode War Emblem to a Kentucky Derby win.
Winning trainer Art Sherman was just a teenaged stable boy when he traveled to the Kentucky Derby in a railroad car from California in 1955 to accompany Swaps, who was the winner in the Derby that year. Sherman was than a jockey for 23 years and he became a trainer in 1980. Sherman said California Chrome has given him the biggest thrill he ever had in his life.
Soon after the band played "My Old Kentucky Home" California Chrome made it his reports the Los Angeles Times. This was a really dynamic race. At the head of the home stretch California Chrome pulled out in front of his running mates as the crowd roared with excitement. Winning jockey Espinoza was standing in the saddle as he crossed the finish line. It would be great if California Chrome himself could now share how he feels about being the most talked about horse in the world today.