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May 7 2005 131st Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 2 N/A

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Kiaran McLaughlin

Trainer

Kiaran began his career as an assistant trainer for top trainers including D. Wayne Lukas. After a brief stint training in the United Arab Emirates, McLaughlin returned to the United States with his own string of horses. In 2006, he trained Belmont Stakes winner Jazil as well as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Invasor who would go on to win the 2007 Dubai World Cup. Other top horses include Henny Hughes, Lear's Princess, It's Tricky, Soldat and Flashy Bull. Kiaran has started four horses in the Kentucky Derby with his top finisher, Closing Argument, who finished second in 2005.

Cornelio Velasquez

Jockey

Born September 28, 1968 in Panama City, Panama. Cornelio has ridden in four editions of the Kentucky Derby, finishing second in 2004 on Closing Argument. He has won four Breeders’ Cup races: the 2007 Juvenile with War Pass, the 2007 Mile with Kip Deville, the 2005 Distaff on Pleasant Home, and the 2003 Sprint with Cajun Beat. In 2006 scored his 2,000th career victory aboard Showing Up in the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

Philip and Marcia Cohen

Owner

France Weiner & Irwin J. Weiner

Breeder

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California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

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). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

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Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.