The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3 was a classic barn burner with California Chrome taking the crown this year by a huge margin. Did you bag the right pony this year?
Who would have thought that two minutes and a little over one mile’s worth of action would be the cause of so much excitement. It was on May 3 for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. After a day of big hats and mint juleps at Churchill Downs, the gates flew open, the horses jockeyed, and the massive thoroughbred California Chrome came out on top. California destroyed the mile-and-a-quarter distance, running a time of 2:03.66.
California Chrome: Kentucky Derby Winner 2014
After two straight years of rain at Churchill, the sun was out and the track was clean, which allowed the horses to get off to fast starts and only gain speed from there.
Uncle Sigh bolted out to an early lead, but any horse-racing fan knows that an early lead doesn’t amount to much. So as the race went on, California Chrome began to pull ahead. And after coming around the final turn, it was Victor Espinoza‘s horse that pulled ahead and crossed the finish line first.
Going into the race, California Chrome was the favorite at 2-1 odds. For the jockey Victor Espinoza, this is his second Kentucky Derby win — he won this race, as well as the Preakness Stakes in 2002.
2014 Kentucky Derby Storylines
With the unfortunate scratch of front runner Hoppertunity out due to a foot injury, the door for first place was wide open for the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Hoppertunity had just finished locking down second place in the Santa Anita Derby before going out with that pesky injury. The hope was and still is that the horse can be ready for the sen bigger Preakness race in May.
With Hoppertunity on injured reserve, it was California Chrome’s race to win, and clearly Victor and the horse didn’t have a problem dominating. What a race.
So are you happy with the winner, HollywoodLifers? Let us know.
— Bryant Perkins