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 1¼ miles in 2:03.66.
"I never had the dream that I would win two Kentucky Derbys in my entire career," Espinoza said after the win. "I was a young guy and never knew I was going to be a jockey and look at me. Just an awesome feeling."
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.