For the first time in years, the pre-race favorite has won the Kentucky Derby.
California Chrome, the 5-2 favorite, became the first California-bred colt since 1962 to win at the Derby, running the mile-and-a-quarter at Churchill Downs in Louisville in 2:03.66, and taking the victory at the 140th Run for the Roses on Saturday.
For California Chrome, owned by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, it was the fifth consecutive win. His jockey, Victor Espinoza, became a two-time Derby winner, having ridden War Emblem to victory in 2002. 77 year-old Art Sherman became the race’s oldest winning trainer.
California Chrome paid out $7.00, $5.60 and $4.20. The crowd of 164,906 represented the derby’s second-biggest attendance.
37-1 choice Commanding Curve finished second, followed by Danza.