California Chrome wins Cal Cup Derby

California Chrome wins Cal Cup Derby

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — California Chrome won the $250,000 California Cup Derby by 5½ lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday, one of six stakes on the card.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.22 and paid $7, $3.80 and $3.20 as the 5-2 second choice in the field of 10. The colt was coming off a six-length win in the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 22.

Tamarando returned $3.40 and $2.60 as the 9-5 favorite. Life Is a Joy was another 3¼ lengths back in third and paid $4.60 to show.

The victory, worth $137,500, increased California Chrome's career earnings to $352,350.

In the $250,000 Cal Cup Turf Classic, Weewinnin won by 2¼ lengths under Joe Talamo.