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Kieren Fallon and Night of Thunder
sprung a 40/1 shock in the QIPCO
2000 Guineas, flooring Kingman with
a late thrust.
In victory, the successful colt was
reversing Greenham Stakes form with
the runner-up and also handing a first
Classic success to Richard Hannon only
months after taking over the licence
from his father.
Kingman, sent off the 6/4 favourite,
looked to have put a seal on the race
when quickening clear at the furlong-
But Night Of Thunder, who was one
of six horses to race with Kingman in
a group on the far side of the track,
suddenly began to eat up the ground
and despite hanging left across the width
of the track as Fallon went into max-
imum drive, got up in the last couple
of strides to score by half a length.
Fallon, claiming his first British Classic
since Alexandrova s 2006 Oaks victory,
said: "I thought he d given it away, but
he s a good horse and hopefully he can
Six-times champion jockey Fallon
was securing his fifth career success in
the 2000 Guineas.
Night Of Thunder now has the option
of travelling to the Curragh to contest
the Irish equivalent on May 24, for
which he would need to be supple-
"It s the stuff of dreams," said an
Hannon, who also saddled fourth-
placed Shifting Power, went on: "It is
a shame Dad couldn t be here but he
left this morning for Goodwood.
"I think Dad s clever, I think he has
a feeling when something is going to
happen, he did it with me with Sky
Lantern (last year s 1000 Guineas win-
ner) as well.
"I can t say winning the Guineas was
in the air, and we wouldn t have been
too worried if it didn t happen, but they
are three very good horses. But it makes
a big difference to everyone at home
and it s nice to have a 2000 Guineas
"Toormore ran a little bit flat and
Shifting Power ran a super race. We ll
have a look at the French Derby for him.
"We ll have to talk to Bruce Raymond
(racing manager for Night Of Thunder s
owner Saeed Manana) but I d imagine
it will be either the Irish Guineas or the
St James s Palace at Royal Ascot."
Kingman is also under consideration
for the same two races.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager
for the colt s owner Khalid Abdullah,
said: "He ran a great race. The field
splitting was not ideal, but that s racing
and we accept that.
"He has won his side of the field and
we ll have bigger disappointments than
finishing second in a Classic.
"The ground was fine and the win-
ner s the winner, he won it fair and
"I imagine it will be the St James s
Palace, although Ireland s not out of
Australia, who raced in the stands
side group, kept on to finish third, just
a head further back, in the process
enhancing his Derby credentials. Book-
makers Sky Bet cut him from 9/4 to
7/4 for Epsom success.
"I was delighting with the run," said
Australia s trainer Aidan O Brien. "Obvi-
ously I d have preferred for the field to
stay together and we maybe had to get
racing a little earlier than we would
have liked to, but he ran a great race.
"Joseph (O Brien, jockey) was always
going to follow the pace, and with Toor-
more on his side it made sense to stay
where he was.
"He s still a baby. Obviously we ll talk
to the boys but the Derby trip shouldn t
be a problem. On pedigree, you d say
he was a Derby horse, but he was work-
ing like a Guineas horse."
LOUISVILLE---A horse with a
humble pedigree. A couple of
working stiff owners. A 77-
year-old trainer with his first
Kentucky Derby horse. Even
Hollywood couldn t have made
California Chrome made it
look easy yesterday, pulling away
down the stretch to win the
Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.
Art Sherman became the old-
est trainer to win the Derby, 57
years after he travelled from Cal-
ifornia as an exercise rider for
Derby winner Swaps. He
watched that race from the barn
area; this time he smelled red
roses in the winner s circle.
"It s been a long haul," Sher-
man said, smiling. "I m just the
same old Art Sherman, except
I won the Kentucky Derby."
California Chrome ran 1 1/4
miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7,
$5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut
colt was sent off as the 5-2
favorite by the crowd of 164,906,
the second largest in the Derby s
In a sport dominated by
wealthy owners and regally bred
horses from Kentucky s bluegrass
country, this was a victory for
the little guys. Owners Perry
Martin and Steve Coburn bred
an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stal-
lion to produce the winner of
the world s most famous race
with their one-horse stable.
"This is just a dream come
true and a great birthday pres-
ent," said Coburn, who turned
61 on Saturday.
California Chrome extended
his winning streak to five races
by a combined 26 lengths. It
was the second Derby win for
Espinoza, who rode War
Emblem to victory in 2002.
"I thought he rode him per-
fect," said Sherman, a former
jockey. "I was riding the last 70
yards with Victor, so I think he
was riding two. He had a lot of
weight on him, I can tell you
that." Espinoza had California
Chrome sitting comfortably in
third in the 19-horse field as
Uncle Sigh and Chitu set the
California Chrome made his
move on the final turn in tandem
with Samraat. It looked like those
two would decide the outcome,
until California Chrome sped
away to become the first Cali-
fornia-bred to win the Derby
since Decidedly in 1962.
Commanding Curve, a 37-1
shot, rallied for second, with
Danza third. Wicked Strong was
fourth and Samraat finished fifth.
Commanding Curve returned
$31.80 and $15.40, giving trainer
Dallas Stewart his second
straight runner-up finish with
a double-digit longshot. Danza,
named for actor Tony Danza of
"Who s the Boss?" fame, paid
$6 to show.
California Chrome wins Derby
California Chrome, ridden by
jockey Victor Espinoza, pulled
away to win the 140th Kentucky
Derby. AP PHOTO
Late Night show
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