California Chrome, locally owned horse, wins Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ( & KRNV) -- California Chrome, a horse owned by Steve and Carolyn Coburn of Topaz Lake has won 140th Kentucky Derby. California Chrome, based at lesser-known Los Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, was the early 5-2 favorite for the race. He has won four straight races by a combined 24 1/4 lengths under Victor Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 with War Emblem. California Chrome pulled away down the stretch for a dominant win the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. They finished the 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66. The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five and Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest winning Derby trainer.
In a game dominated by millionaires and billionaires, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to win the world's most famous race with their one-horse stable. Long shot Commanding Curve rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth.