Yuba City coupleâ??s horse is Kentucky Derby Favorite

May 1, 2014 3:03 PM

California Chrome, a horse that is co-owned by a couple from Yuba City, has been made the early 5-2 favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby.

Yuba City residents Perry and Denise Martin were part of a group that bought California Chrome’s mother for only $8,000. Now the horse has won six of 10 races he’s entered and more than $1.13 million.

According to the appeal-democrat, in March, the Martins and co-owners Steve and Carolyn Coburn of Topaz Lake, Nev., turned down $6 million for a 51 percent controlling interest in California Chrome that would have resulted in a change of its trainer and crew.

California Chrome is trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman and drew the No. 5 post on Wednesday. According to the Associated press eight horses have won from there, most recently Funny Cide in 2003. Sherman could become the oldest trainer to win the Derby, surpassing Charlie Whittingham's mark of 76 when Sunday Silence won in 1989.

Hopportunity is the second choice and drew the No. 11 post, he’s listed at 6-1 for the race Saturday at Churchill Downs. He's trained by Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner.

Wicked Strong, named for the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings, is the 8-1 third choice and will break from the 20th post on the far outside.

Danza is the 10-1 fourth choice and drew the No. 4 post.

Read more from the appeal-democrat here.


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