California Chrome Wins!

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).

Trainer

Art Sherman

Art Sherman got started in the racing industry when he moved to Los Angeles and started working at the racetrack for Rex Ellsworth in 1953.  Ellsworth is best known for his work with 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps, and Sherman accompanied the horse when he won the Kentucky Derby in 1955. Sherman became a jockey in 1957 and rode for over 20 years before becoming a trainer in 1980.  Art Sherman now runs a stable with his sons Steve and Alan. // Full Bio...

Jockey

Victor Espinoza

Espinoza made national headlines when he guided War Emblem to victory in the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2002. The native of Mexico City, Mexico began riding in the United States in 1993 and has found great success on the California circuit. He won the 2000 Breeders’ cup Distaff aboard Spain and has ridden other great horses such as Evening Jewel, The Usual Q.T., Smiling Tiger, and Congaree. // Full Bio...

Owner

Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin

After the ups and downs of professional syndicate ownership the Coburns and the Martins formed DAP Racing, which partners their love of thoroughbreds with their love of fun.  California Chrome is the first race horse that the Coburns and Martins have campaigned.   // Full Bio...

2001-Present

Current Era

2001 - Growth of the Kentucky Derby continued on all fronts as the 127th running attracted a crowd of 154,210, the second largest attendance in Derby history. Overall Derby Day wagering (all sources) rose to a record $107,598,904. For the first time in Derby pari-mutuel wagering history, all horses ran uncoupled with no entries or mutuel fields as betting interests.

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# Contender Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Vinceremos Joe Rocco Jr. Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing
Dance With Fate Corey Nakatani Peter Eurton S. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLC
Medal Count Robby Albarado Dale Romans Spendthrift Farm
Vicar's In Trouble Rosie Napravnik Mike Maker Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Tapiture Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds
Candy Boy Gary Stevens John Sadler C R K Stable LLC
Wired Bryan Michael Dilger Anstu Stables, Inc.
Hoppertunity Mike Smith Bob Baffert Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman
Uncle Sigh Irad Ortiz Jr. Gary Contessa Wounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. Robertson
We Miss Artie Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
General A Rod Joel Rosario Mike Maker Starlight Racing & Skychai Racing, LLC
Wildcat Red Luis Saez Jose Garoffalo Honors Stable Corp.
Chitu Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Tanma Corporation
Ride On Curlin Calvin Borel William G. Gowan Daniel J. Dougherty
Danza Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Intense Holiday John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing
Give No Quarter Graham Motion Sagamore Farm
Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh James A. Jerkens Centennial Farms
Harry's Holiday Corey Lanerie Mike Maker Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana Wagner
Pablo Del Monte Jeffrey Sanchez Wesley Ward Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Wesley Ward
Samraat Jose Ortiz Rick Violette Jr. My Meadowview Farm
1 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin
2 Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan Dallas Stewart West Point Thoroughbreds

Kentucky Derby 140 Race Recap

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).