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California Chrome wins Kentucky Derby; Uncle Sigh finishes 14th


LEXINGTON, Ky. — California Chrome pulled away on the final turn to capture the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The 5-2 race favorite finished the 1 1/4-mile race in 2 minutes, 3.66 seconds to take the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

Uncle Sigh, trained by Gary Contessa, whose wife Jennifer is a Watertown native, took the early lead and held it until the final turn before fading. Uncle Sigh finished 14th.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, whose mother-in-law is Watertown native Sara Escudero, rode Vicar’s In Trouble to 19th place.

Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. The chestnut colt stretched his winning streak to five and Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest winning Derby trainer.

Long shot Commanding Curve rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth.

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