2014 Kentucky Derby
The $2M Kentucky Derby (G1) took place on Saturday, May 3. Hosted by Churchill Downs, the 140th Run for the Roses was contested in front of the second-largest crowd in the race’s history, who saw favorite California Chrome take command of the race with a quarter-mile left to run and cruise to a 1 ¾ length victory.
California Chrome, who went into the first leg of the Triple Crown undefeated, broke well from post position 5, and settled quickly into third-place behind pacesetter Uncle Sigh and Chitu. In pursuit were Samraat and Intense Holiday. With Victor Espinoza up, California Chrome made his move with one-quarter mile left in the race, opening up a five-length lead in the stretch before gearing down in the final strides. The Art Sherman trainee completed the 1 ¼ mile course in 2:03.66.
Rallying impressively for runner-up was Commanding Curve, who had to contend with breaking from post position 18 and swinging eight-wide going into the stretch. Danza rounded out the top three, overcoming his own traffic troubles both at the start and finish of the race.
Next year will be the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, featuring a brand new crop of exciting 3-year-olds ready to make history.