Favourite California Chrome pulls out easy Kentucky Derby win

California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of...

California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014. (Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP)

Rob Longley, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

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.


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