California Chrome Wins Derby

  • Ben Feinstein
  • May 5, 2014
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California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Santa Anita Derby horse race, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

It was the most exciting 2:03.66 minutes in all of sports this weekend. If you blinked you might have missed it completely. We’re talking of course about the Kentucky Derby. It’s hard to not get lost in all the big hats and expensive sun dresses, but there was also a horse race going on. California Chrome took one of horse racings most prestigious events, winning by a length-and-a-half. He is owned by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, and trained by Art Sherman. Sherman, 77, is now the oldest trainer to win the event. The colt went into the event with 5-2 odds and there were almost 165,000 people present to watch Chrome clinch the victory. By crossing the finish line first California Chrome’s owners are taking home $1.4 million.

More surprising than taking first is the horse’s odd pedigree. His mother, Love the Chase, only won a single title in her career and her purchase by Martin and Coburn was seen as a blunder. Horse racing has always been unpredictable though, it’s just the nature of the beast. This horse has won a total of five races with a combined 26 lengths. He has earned an estimated $2.4 million. You just never know.

People have devoted careers and lifetimes to breeding and raising the perfect horse. To some it’s an art form. Creating the perfect relationship between horse, trainer, and jockey is never easy. Martin and Coburn were considered amateurs in the horseracing industry. It just goes to show that even with all the science in the world picking a winner at the ponies really is a gamble.

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