California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

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By BETH HARRIS
AP Racing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse.

Even Hollywood couldn't have made this up.

California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.

Art Sherman became the oldest trainer to win the Derby, 57 years after he traveled from California as an exercise rider for Derby winner Swaps. He watched that race from the barn area; this time he smelled red roses in the winner's circle.

"It's been a long haul," Sherman said, smiling. "I'm just the same old Art Sherman, except I won the Kentucky Derby."

California Chrome ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7, $5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut colt was sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in the Derby's 140-year history.

In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky's bluegrass country, 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 produce the winner of the world's most famous race with their one-horse stable.

"This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present,'" said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday.

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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome reacts as groomer Raul Rodriguez, right, gives him a bath after a jog on the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Holding the colt is exercise rider Willy Delgado, left. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome reacts as he gets a bath after a jog on the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome jogged the wrong way around the track with exercise rider Willy Delgado aboard for the first time since his big win at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday morning, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome reacts as groomer Raul Rodriguez, right, gives him a bath after a jog on the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Holding the colt at left is exercise rider Willy Delgado. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome reacts as groomer Raul Rodriguez gives him a bath after a jog on the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Jockey Victor (C) Espinoza celebrates with the trophy in the winners circle after guiding California Chrome #5 to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Victor Espinoza celebrates in the winners circle after riding California Chrome #5 to victory in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Calofirnia Chrome crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Calofirnia Chrome crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Victor Espinoza celebrates as he rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Horses run during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
A horse goes for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The 140th Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The scheduled post time is 6:24 p.m. EDT. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Gary Stevens looks on atop Candy Boy #18 during the post parade prior the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Ashley Cebak and Tami Purcell wear hats before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Fans pause as the national anthem is played before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A woman makes her way to the track before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Spectators wear colorful pants before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Fans make wagers before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A man looks over a racing program before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A woman makes her way to the track before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A race horse is lead out to the track for a race before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Leo Castelli, New York gallery owner, cheers on the horse named after him by a friend as he watches the Kentucky Derby on TV from his West Broadway gallery, then he throws his hands up as the horse comes in fourth in the race. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Sandy Cousins, of Fond du Lac, Wis., wears horseshoe glasses while waiting for the 138th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. The Run for the Roses draws them to Churchill Downs. But what race goers wear is as much a spectacle in itself. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: A spectator flips through a program prior to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: A general view of atmosphere at GREY GOOSE Lounge at 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Grey Goose)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: A spectator puffs on a cigar prior to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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California Chrome extended his winning streak to five races by a combined 26 lengths. It was the second Derby win for Espinoza, who rode War Emblem to victory in 2002.

"I thought he rode him perfect," said Sherman, a former jockey. "I was riding the last 70 yards with Victor, so I think he was riding two. He had a lot of weight on him, I can tell you that."

Espinoza had California Chrome sitting comfortably in third in the 19-horse field as Uncle Sigh and Chitu set the early pace.

California Chrome made his move on the final turn in tandem with Samraat. It looked like those two would decide the outcome, until California Chrome sped away to become the first California-bred to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962.

Commanding Curve, a 37-1 shot, rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth and Samraat finished fifth.

Commanding Curve returned $31.80 and $15.40, giving trainer Dallas Stewart his second straight runner-up finish with a double-digit longshot. Danza, named for actor Tony Danza of "Who's the Boss?" fame, paid $6 to show.

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