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Kentucky Derby 140

In a new one for the Derby storybooks, an $8,000 mare that no one in the know gave a second look to became a Kentucky Derby champion. Race favorite California Chrome pulled away from the 19-horse pack in the home stretch, carrying jockey Victor Espinoza to victory in the 140th Run for the Roses. California Chrome’s victory gave trainer Art Sherman the distinction of being the oldest trainer to bring a horse to victory at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

The win gave Espinoza his second career Derby victory, and the first horse to race for owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, who formed the partnership Dumb Ass Partners from a comment made about the horse’s sale. California Chrome is only the fourth horse from California to win the Derby, doing so before the second highest attendance in Churchill Downs history: 164,906.

Photos by AMBER CHALFIN, CLAY COOK, JOHN HARRALSON, TIM VALENTINO, CHRIS HUMPHREYS, BILL WINE

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