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California Chrome Wins
the Kentucky Derby

New York Times, by Melissa Hoppert

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 5/3/2014 7:14:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — California Chrome, the speedy colt who established himself as the 5-2 morning-line favorite after winning four straight races by a combined 24 1/4 lengths, blew away the field in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday under blue skies and 70-degree weather at Churchill Downs. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome held off Commanding Curve to prove that he was indeed the horse to beat here. He completed the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:03.66 over a fast track and returned $7 on a $2 bet to win. Danza finished third. He joins four other California-bred horses

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 5/3/2014 8:05:47 PM     (No. 9835419)

California Chrome is a nice story - - but he´s a really slow horse compared to the greats of the past.

Somehow - - 21st-century horsemen have swallowed the cockamamie theory that horses have to be kept "fresh" and have their races "spaced" - - instead of being trained to become professional athletes.

The result has been an unending string of mediocrity - - with horses running slower and slower each year - - instead of faster and faster.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: god of irony, 5/3/2014 8:56:23 PM     (No. 9835454)

The story behind the owners is just another example why you should trust your instincts and listen to the herd of no´s.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Java D, 5/3/2014 8:59:43 PM     (No. 9835456)

California Chrome has won all his races handily; the Derby was no different. He ran a perfect race & practically skipped to the end. So glad I picked this beautiful horse & that he fulfilled all expectations.

Happy Birthday to the owner, sure can´t beat a Derby win as a present!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Italiano, 5/3/2014 9:23:42 PM     (No. 9835465)

For the tenth straight year, I put my seemingly flawless handicapping system to the test.

Better stick to football.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 5/3/2014 11:10:35 PM     (No. 9835508)

I loved the back story but I was kinda pulling for Uncle Sigh...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/3/2014 11:23:21 PM     (No. 9835514)

Great story.
The owner said he dreamed the horse would win the KY Derby.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ladyhawke, 5/3/2014 11:41:05 PM     (No. 9835523)

I posted this to my Facebook page:

I never have written a post boasting about a sporting event, where I wanted the winner to win. I am always cognizant that I might have family or friends that feel differently - and have been on the other side of that gloating - it does not feel good.

So please forgive me for this one.

I am delighted this horse won! He was bred and born in Coalinga, CA. Unless you have driven I-5 from Sacramento to LA - you have not been there and probably blinked as you drove past. We have made that trip more times than I can count and almost always stop for a meal at Harris Ranch - a resort (not by extravagant terms) in the town. After my father died, we took my mother on the trip and stopped there. She recalled, nearly to tears, that she had once visited there with my father.

The place has great memories for me (not for the recent hollandaise - LOL - Jim and Amanda) and I am delighted the accidental colt from there won the biggest crown in horse racing!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pinchem, 5/4/2014 7:55:17 AM     (No. 9835689)

#1...you are right. He was pretty slow.

In 1941 Whirlaway set a new record of 21 2/5 that stood until 1973 when Secretariat beat the record with the all time record of 1:59.40. California Chrome came in at a slow 23.66,

I barely remember my Grandmother taking me to the Derby when Whirlaway won in 1941. She told me I won 50 cents on the race. In those days, for a 7 year old, I thought I was rich.


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