California Chrome Sets Gold Standard for Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The owners of California Chrome are putting all their hopes into the chestnut colt to win the Kentucky Derby.

After all, he's the only horse they own.

Steve Coburn and Perry Martin are no Kentucky blue bloods. They're a couple of working stiffs from near Reno, Nevada. California Chrome comes from equally modest roots, the offspring of a cheaply priced mare and stallion.

California Chrome is the early 5-2 favorite for Saturday's 140th Derby with good reason. He has won four straight races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza, who won the 2002 Derby with War Emblem.

That's enough to make the colt the standout of a 19-horse field in a year when no other horse dominated the prep races leading to the first Saturday in May.