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California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza (L) atop California Chrome gestures after winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, 2014 (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY)
Victor Espinoza (L) atop California Chrome gestures after winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, 2014 (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY)
Pre-race favorite California Chrome burst ahead of the pack Saturday to easily win "the most exciting two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby.

The victory at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, made California Chrome's trainer, 77-year-old Art Sherman, the oldest man to train the race winner.

California Chrome was a 5-2 morning favorite at the 140th running of the race and was ridden by Victor Espinoza. It was the horse's fifth victory in a row.

Commanding Curve took second place, followed by Danza in third place and Wicked Strong in fourth.

The Kentucky Derby is known as much for drawing crowds of women in large, fancy hats and men in brightly colored clothes as it is for its drink of choice, the mint julep.

The Kentucky Derby is the first of the trio of races that make up the Triple Crown, along with the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
 
  • Tim McGraw takes a picture of Ashley Cebak and Relan Sewer before the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014. (Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)
  • A woman looks out over a balcony before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.
  • Fans make wagers before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.
  • Workers stand in the winners circle following a race before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.
  • A man looks over a racing program before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.
  • A race horse is led out to the track for a race before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.
  • Spectators wear colorful pants before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.
  • Tracy Abney wears a derby hat before the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)
  • A horse goes for a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2014.

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