News / Videos / Photos

Get To Know the Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome (Pre-Race Bio)

Churchill Downs Communications | 05/03/2014 #
  • California Chrome at Churchill Downs (Power Creative / Dan Dry)

California Chrome

  • Bay colt by Lucky Pulpit out of the Not For Love mare Love The Chase. Foaled Feb. 18, 2011.
  • Won the Santa Anita Derby by 5 ½ lengths over Hoppertunity
  • Won the San Felipe Stakes gate-to-wire defeating Midnight Hawk by 7 ¼ lengths
  • Earned $1,134,850 lifetime, out of 35 horses to enter the Kentucky Derby with more than $1 million in earnings, only one has won the Derby (Street Sense in 2007).
  • Broke his maiden on May 17, 2013 on the Cushion (synthetic) track at Hollywood Park; attempting to become only fourth Kentucky Derby winner to have broken his maiden over a synthetic surface.
  • California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.
  • Total Points: 150; Ranked No. 1 on Leaderboard

Owned by Steve and Carolyn Coburn and Perry and Denise Martin

  • Steve Coburn is a native of Arizona and served two stints in the U.S. Army
  • The Coburns reside in Gardenerville, NV, where Steve works at JCP Enterprises and Carolyn works in the medical field
  • Perry Martin grew up in Chicago and fell in love with racing at an early age
  • The Martins live in Sacramento, CA where they operate Martin Testing Laboratories
  • The Martins first ownership came as a 5 percent interest in a racehorse through a Blinkers On partnership
  • Martin and Coburn bought the mare Love The Chase from Blinkers On outright when the racing partnership they were involved with was being dissolved upon her retirement.
  • The two men then formed the partnership "DAP," for when they decided to purchase Love The Chase, a groom walked by and said, "anyone who decides to buy this horse is a dumbass." Hence the name 'Dumbass Partners."
  • California Chrome is the first horse to race in the "DAP" silks.

Trained by Art Sherman

  • Born in Brooklyn, NY
  • Moved to Southern California in 1953 and began working under trainer Rex Ellsworth, who is known for campaigning 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps
  • Sherman became a jockey in 1957 and rode until 1980 when he took out his trainer's license.
  • Has won Grade I Stakes with four horses on the West Coast: Siren Lure, Lang Field, Haimish Hy and Ultra Bend before California Chrome
  • Won his first $1 million race with California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby
  • California Chrome is Sherman's first Kentucky Derby runner.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza

  • Born on May 23, 1972 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Started jockey career in Mexico and won his first race there in 1992.
  • Began riding in the U.S. in 1993 in Southern California.
  • Won his first and only Breeders' Cup race in 2000 aboard Spain in the Breeders' Cup Distaff for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas
  • Won the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on War Emblem for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, but fell short of the Triple Crown in the 2002 Belmont Stakes finishing eighth.
  • Kentucky Derby record: 5-1-0-1

Bred in California by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin

  • Steve Coburn is a native of Arizona and served two stints in the U.S. Army
  • The Coburns reside in Gardenerville, NV, where Steve works at JCP Enterprises and Carolyn works in the medical field
  • Perry Martin grew up in Chicago and fell in love with racing at an early age
  • The Martins live in Sacramento, CA where they operate Martin Testing Laboratories
  • The Martins first ownership came as a 5 percent interest in a racehorse through a Blinkers On partnership
  • Martin and Coburn bought the mare Love The Chase from Blinkers On outright when the racing partnership they were involved with was being dissolved upon her retirement.
  • The two men then formed the partnership "DAP," for when they decided to purchase Love The Chase, a groom walked by and said, "anyone who decides to buy this horse is a dumbass." Hence the name 'Dumbass Partners."
  • California Chrome is the first horse to race in the "DAP" silks.