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Magdalena Racing and Diamond M Stables’ War Dancer, winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby (Grade II) and runner-up in last month’s Elkhorn (GII) at Keeneland, is the 118-pound starting high weight in a field of eight older horses that were entered for Saturday’s 77th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) at Churchill D
Praia grabbed the lead with an eighth of mile to run and turned back a late rally by Gulsary-IRE to prevail by a head and win Saturday’s second running of the $64,549 Keertana overnight stakes for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
Dan Considine and Steve Snowden’s 6-year-old homebred Sweet Cassiopeia pulled away from Point to the Wild inside the final eighth of a mile to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths and win Saturday’s fourth running of the $65,142 Unbridled Sidney for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
CALIFORNIA CHROME (1st) – The chestnut colt California Chrome carved his name in the history books Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, earning himself the right to sleep in until 6 o'clock Sunday morning at his Barn 20 new Kentucky home.
Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race
Second-Highest Attendance in Track History as 164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs
It was perfect weather for the 140th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands as 164,906 fans, the second-highest attendance in Derby history, packed historic Churchill Downs Racetrack to watch California Chrome win America's Greatest Race.
- 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
Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, winning this year's Kentucky Derby, the 140th Kentucky Derby, Art Sherman, the winning trainer. You are the oldest man ever to saddle a Kentucky Derby winner. A nice bookend from 1955.
ART SHERMAN: Long story.
Wise Dan Prevails Over Seek Again to Repeat in 28th Running of Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
*Corrected distance of race in second graph
Owner-breeder Morton Fink's reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan survived a tense stretch duel with Seek Again to prevail by a head and become the second two-time winner of the $559,100 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I).
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Central Banker fought off repeated bids from Shakin It Up in a stretch duel to win the 80th running of the $464,800 Churchill Downs (Grade II) Presented by Twinspires.com by a head.
Trained by Al Stall Jr. and ridden by Corey Nakatani, Central Banker covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:21.15.