He came to Churchill Downs riding a four-race winning streak and started the Kentucky Derby as one of the heaviest favourites in the 140-year history of the race.
And California Chrome kept on running Saturday with a resounding win in the opening jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
Sent off at odds of 5-2, California Chrome pulled away in the stretch to a huge roar of the second largest crowd in Derby history -- 164,906 strong on a brilliant spring afternoon.
“He gave me the biggest thrill I have ever had in my life,” said 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman, who became the oldest to saddle a Derby winner and did so with his first start in the historic race.
Long shot Commanding Curve pulled away from a large bunch of horses in the stretch to claim second while a late rally earned Danza the show spot in the $2.2 million US race.