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Wertheimer and Frere

Owned by brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. The brothers are part of the French family that owns the national recognized Chanel perfume business that also sells clothing and accessories. Family began in horse racing starting off with Grandfather Pierre. In 1956 he would take his first English classic of many for the family by winning the Epsom Derby with Lavadin. Alain and Gerard’s father Jacques would take over the racing business in 1975 and went on to be named leading owner in France for that same year. 

The family’s silks have been carried to victory in the Breeders’ Cup four times. 2008 and 2009 saw Goldikova win the Mile, in 2003 Halfbridled won the Juvenile Fillies, and Kotashaan in 1993 won the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The brothers employ trainer Todd Pletcher and Richard Mandella in the United States and Freddie Head in Europe.

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.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

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

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

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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Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

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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.