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Description: On May 3, 2014 the second largest crowd to witness the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs watched the first California bred in 52 years win the Derby. California Chrome, a Cinderella story, wins in commanding fashion with jockey Victor Espinoza standing up in the irons in victory before the finish line. California Chrome (CA) CH , C, foaled February 18, 2011 (Lucky Pulpit - Love the Chase, by Not For Love) became the 140th winner of the Kentucky Derby with a brilliant performance in the 1 1/4 miles $2 million classic race for 3 year olds at historic Churchill Downs May 3, 2014. California Chrome, who is know to have bad gate habits, was expertly handled by rider Victor Espinoza; he got California Chrome away from there alertly. Espinoza had to settle him down as they ran by the stands for the first time, California Chrome wanted to get out there and race with the frontrunners Uncle Sigh and Chitu. He let those two go and the rider got 'Chromie' to settle in behind them. He held his position down the backstretch while angling to the outside. As the field rounded the far turn 'Chromie' came along on the outside to challenge for the lead. Samraat was running well to his outside as well. However, as they hit the 1/4 pole it was all California Chrome drawing off. He won well in hand by 1 3/4 lengths, with the rider standing up in the irons with a wave of victory before the finish line. Commanding Curve was closing well on the outside to get up for 2nd. Danza was just 1 3/4 lengths further back in 3rd. California Chrome is the first California bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly won it 1962 and is now just the 4th California bred horse to do it in the 140 year history of the Derby. As fairy tale stories abound in the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome is no exception. He was bred and is owned by first time breeders, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin. They bred a claiming class mare, Love the Chase, by Not For Love, who they bought for $8000. They bred her to Lucky Pulpit for $2500. Their trainer is 77 year old Art Sherman, the oldest trainer to win a Kentucky Derby. California Chrome won the Derby on Mr. Coburn's 61st birthday in front of the 2nd largest crowd to witness the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. California Chrome racing in purple blinkers with green letters 'DAP', which the owners say stands for 'Dumb Ass Partners', this writer doesn't buy that for an instant! California Chrome raced 7 times as a 2 year old and won 3 races. His MSW May 17, 2013 at HOL, the $100K Graduation Stakes at DMR July 31, and the $200K King Glorious Stakes at HOL December 22. The King Glorious was the start of something big for the "Partners". California Chrome then went on to win the $250K California Cup Derby at SA on January 25, 2014, his first race as a 3 year old. Then he steps up into Graded company with a victory in the G2 San Felipe Stakes at SA on March 8th. He follows that with a victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. He just doesn't win these races, he runs off and hides as much the best. On May 3, 2014 he exhibits to same domination over his peers and regular rider Victor Espinoza gives him a beautiful ride, they actually win for fun, the rider standing up in the stirrups before the finish line. Commanding Curve (KY) B , R, foaled March 23, 2011 ( Master Command - Mother, by Lion Hearted) was at the rear of the pack and advanced steadily under rider Shaun Bridgmohan along the outside rounding the far turn, came about 8 wide into the stretch and found his best stride too late. Commanding Curve was bred by T. F. VanMeter and he is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds. He raced at Churchill Downs in 3 of his 4 races as a 2 year old and won a MSW event in his 4th effort at CD on November 30, 2013. He was given some time off and came back to run 6th behind Intense Holiday in the Risen Star at Fairgrounds February 22, 2014. He then ran a very respectable 3rd behind Vicar's In Trouble and Intense Holiday in the Louisiana Derby at that same track on March 29th. Commanding Curve is 1-2-2 from 7 starts and he has earned $542,434. He is being trained by Dallas Stewart. Danza (KY) CH , C, foaled April 17, 2011 (Street Boss - Champagne Royale, by French Deputy) broke well but was squeezed back and forced to race along the rail by Vinceremos who came in sharply from post 9. Jockey Joe Bravo was fortunate enough to be able to avoid disaster and stayed his course along the inside. He was seen advancing steadily after that. As they went into the far turn, the boy guided Danza between horses to race along in 5th behind the 4 horses in front of him as they all vied for the lead: Chitu, California Chrome, Uncle Sigh, and Samraat. Straightening for home, California Chrome ran on with it as Chitu and Uncle Sigh gave way, Danza was still coming around those two. Danza, again found himself in a tight spot and rider Bravo swung him perhaps a little too much to the outside and had to correct his course near the 1/8th pole. Danza stayed on well to get 3rd. Danza was bred by Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm and his is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. He is being trained by Todd Pletcher. Wicked Strong (KY) B , C, foaled April 28, 2011 (Hard Spun - Moyne Abbey, by Charismatic) simply put, had a wicked trip. To start with he had to break from post 20 and stumbled at the break and traveled wide into the far turn, came over on Candy Boy causing that one to take up sharply. Rider Rajiv Maraugh continued through the turn wide and found some running room closer to the rail midway down the back stretch and around the far turn. Around the furlong maker when Danza came out, Wicked Strong had to alter course but stayed on well to get 4th. Wicked Strong was bred by William F. Lynn and he is owned by Centennial Farms. His racing record is 2-1-1 from 7 starts and he has earned $804,610. He is being trained by James Jerkins. Samraat (NY) DK B/, C, foaled April 16, 2011 (Noble Causeway - Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie) raced alongside the winner for most of the trip and as they straightened for home he was second but could not match strides with California Chrome and fade to be 5th beaten a nose for 4th, almost 6 lengths from the winner. Samraat was undefeated with 5 wins, including victories in the Withers and Gotham Stakes at AQU. He then got second behind Wicked Strong in the Wood Memorial. Samraat is 5-1-0 fro 7 starts and he has earned $833,200 for his owner/breeder My Meadowview Farm. He is being trained by Richard A. Violette, Jr. and he was ridden by Jose L. Ortiz. Dance With Fate (FL) DK B/, C, foaled February 16, 2011 (Two Step Salsa - Flirting With Fate, by Saint Ballado) was bumped from both sides as he came out of post 12 then he had to travel wide around the Clubhouse turn. He was steadied slightly when Wicked Strong came in rounding that turn. Jockey Corey Nakatani had him clear after that down the back stretch and kept him along the outside rounding the far turn. Dance With Fate was running well down the stretch while not gaining on the leader, however was squeezed somewhat as Commanding Curve came alongside him. Dance with Fate continued gamely to the wire. Dance With Fate was bred by Best A Luck Farm LLC and he is owned by partners Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, and Ciaglia Racing LLC. Peter Eurton is the trainer. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.

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