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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 3 1997 123rd Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 3 N/A

Connections

J. Gonzalez

Trainer

David Flores

Jockey

Flores has made ten appearances in the Run for the Roses; his best finish came in 1997 aboard Free House, who ran third.  He currently rides top California filly, Turbulent Descent, who is a Kentucky Oaks 137 hopeful. He has won ten races worth a $1 million or more including the Arlington Million, United Arab Emirates Derby, and the Godolphin Mile.David began riding in match races at age eight in Tijuana after being inspired to ride by his father who was a jockey.  In 1984 he set the apprentice jockey record of 61 victories at Caliente in Mexico.  Began riding in Southern California in 1989 and has been based there ever since.  Won his first Grade I race in 1991 Hollywood Gold Cup aboard Marquetry.  Flores has won riding titles at Santa Anita and Del Mar.In 2006, David was elected to a Western Region seat for the Jockey’s Guild.Top runners to date include: Zardana, American Lion Siphon, Bob Black Jack, Singletary, Tempera, General Challenge, Sulamani, Honor in War, Diamond Diva, El Gato Malo, Action This Day, Even the Score, and Ten Most Wanted.David Flores was born on February 5, 1968 and resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Trudy McCaffery & John Toffan

Owner

Trudy McCaffery & John Toffan

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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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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GET TO KNOW THE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME (PRE-RACE BIO)

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