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BAYERN WORKS BULLET TOWARD PREAKNESS -- Kaleem Shah’s Bayern, working in company with the two-time graded stakes-winning filly Awesome Baby, drilled five furlongs in :58.20 over a fast Churchill Downs racing surface after Monday morning’s renovation break for a possible start in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (GI).
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.
Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides to win the 23rd running of the $294,500 American Turf (Grade II) Presented by Ram Trucks for 3-year-olds by a neck.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate and scored a dominating 4 ½-length victory over Street Girl in the 28th running of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (Grade I) for fillies and mares, the first of three Grade 1 stakes on Kentucky Derby Day.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge to surge past longshot Dame Marie to score a half-length victory in the 29th running of the $336,900 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) Presented by Longines for fillies and mares, the first of six graded stakes on Kentucky Derby Day.
UNTAPABLE – With an authoritative 4 ½-length win in Friday's Kentucky Oaks, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable made a case that she could be the top 3-year-old in the nation, male or female, regardless of the result in today's Kentucky Derby.
Steve Asmussen, trainer of Untapable, winner – What makes her special?
"How fast she is."
"On this stage under the circumstances...the filly in the gates, the paddock, how congested it is, how many people are here, this doesn't get any bigger."
Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC's Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.
Randy Patterson's Moonshine Mullin re-rallied at the sixteenth pole to overtake Golden Ticket to win by a half-length in the 11th running of the $342,000 Alysheba (Grade II) Presented by Besilu Stables for 4-year-olds and up.
Trained by Randy Morse and ridden by Calvin Borel, Moonshine Mullin covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.83.
Ramona Bass' A Little Bit Sassy pulled away from Istanford late to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths and win the 29th running of the $171,750 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank for 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Michael Matz and ridden by Luis Saez, A Little Bit Sassy covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:42.79.
The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s Fiftyshadesofgold outgamed Milam through a furious stretch duel to win the 59th running of the $202,725 Eight Belles (Grade III) Presented by Twinspires.com for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman roared past Sum of the Parts in mid-stretch and had more than enough to hold off a late charge from Undrafted by 1 ½ lengths to win the 20th running of the $166,800 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Grade III) Presented by Twinspires.com for 4-year-olds and up.
Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby surged past pace-setting Devil's Cave in the upper stretch and drew off to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Molly Morgan in the 29th running of the $327,000 La Troienne (Grade I) Presented by the World Series of Polo for fillies and mares to open stakes action on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Cross-section of undercard horses also tested