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by Billy Reed WAVE 3 News Contributor
A few hours before the 140th Kentucky Derby, I
interviewed jockey Victor Espinoza for WAVE 3 News in Louisville. He had just
won the third race at Churchill Downs aboard Masochistic, but I didn't want to
talk about that. I wanted to ask him about California Chrome, the favorite he
would ride in the Derby.
Although the colt had won his last four races by more than
23 lengths combined, and although he had romped over his field in the Santa
Anita Derby, he had hardly convinced all the media wise guys who cover horse
racing in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and even California.
A lot of them said he wouldn't hit the board. They
questioned his pedigree, his toughness, and his competition. His dam once sold
for $8,000. How could she produce a Kentucky Derby winner? Everybody loved his trainer,
77-year-old Art Sherman, but he didn't ship California Chrome to Louisville
until the Tuesday before the Derby and didn't even work him over the track.
Wasn't that a clue that he was in over his head?
All this bothered Espinoza not a bit. He didn't flinch when
I asked him if he expected California Chrome to produce a performance so
impressive that Derby lovers will be talking about it for years to come.
"This is California Chrome's day," he told me. "This is his
biggest race and he will show what kind of horse he is."
The weather was about as good as it gets on the first
Saturday in May in Louisville, Ky. When post time for the Derby finally rolled
around at 6:32 p.m., a few minutes late, the second largest crowd in the race's
history had resoundingly rejected the critics by making California Chrome the
2-to-1 favorite in the field of 19, making him one of the shortest-priced
favorites in recent years.
When the starting gate finally broke open and the field
barreled down the stretch for the first time, California Chrome was perfectly
placed just behind the leaders. And then, as the race unfolded, all the
pretenders began falling by the wayside until, at the top of the stretch, this
copper-colored colt surged to the lead and made the Derby his.
It has been so long since racing has had a Triple Crown
winner – Affirmed in 1978 was the last – that today's racing fans are desperate
for a superhorse to call their own. Every year, they hope to see the new
Citation, Secretariat, or Seattle Slew. And every year for the last couple of
decades – certainly for this century – they have been disappointed.
Until Derby 140. As the horses pounded down the stretch,
greatness returned to the Derby after a long absence. In what was regarded by
everyone except Chrome's fans as a wide-open, impossible-to-handicap Derby, the
big colt completed a thoroughly professional trip by drawing off to a victory
that left the doubters choking on their Daily Racing Forms. The time for the
mile and a quarter was a modest 2:03 and change, but so what? The brilliance of
the performance was what mattered.
At the end, the only colt running at the leader was
Commanding Curve, who gave trainer Dallas Stewart his second consecutive Derby
runner-up finish with a colt that was doubtful to make the field until a week
before the race (last year's runner-up was Golden Soul).
The third-place horse, Danza, named for the actor, did not
run back to his romp in the Arkansas Derby, but ran credibly for Pletcher and
jockey Joe Bravo. But everybody else was Out Shelby, an old Louisville phrase
for somebody who's a hopeless loser.
None of the most-discussed scenarios materialized. Calvin
Borel did not come up the rail with Ride On Curlin. Rosie Napravnik did not
threaten to become the first female jockey to win the Derby. Medal Count did
not look like the best horse that Dale Romans has ever trained. Intense
Holiday, General a Rod, and Harry's Holiday were not good enough to make their
owners the first Louisvillians to win the Derby since 1914.
Wicked Strong, named in honor of the Boston Marathon
survivors, and Uncle Sigh, whose owner donates part of his earnings to the
Wounded Warriors Fund, did not provide feel-good stories for bleeding hearts.
And Wildcat Red did not reward the UK and U of L fans who bet his name because
they mistakenly assumed his name had something to do with local basketball.
(Memo to these folks: There are part of the world, believe it or not, where
nobody cares about the Cats and the Cards.)
Nope, this Derby was strictly a one-horse show. The best
horse not only won, he dominated, and it is not premature to begin thinking
about the possibility of a Triple Crown. He looked like a horse who had
something left in the tank for the Preakness two weeks hence.
For the trainer, it was the moment he had been awaiting
throughout his 60-year career on the fringes on big-time racing. At 18, he came
to the Derby on a railroad career with Swaps, for whom he was the exercise boy.
Swaps, of course, won the Derby over the ballyhooed Nashua and went on to
become one of the sport's all-time greats.
All week, Sherman kept saying, "I hope California Chrome is
my Swaps." He was, indeed, and the victory made Sherman the oldest trainer ever
to win the roses. Other sports may produce these kind of sweet stories, but
thoroughbred racing produces more of them than any other endeavor.
It was a great day to be a septegenarian at Churchill Downs.
Trust me on that. I didn't cash a lot of tickets, but I got something better
than mere cash. I got to see greatness return to the Derby, and it was a lovely
thing to behold.
Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
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