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WATCH: California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

The horse was the favorite and blew away the field in the first leg of the Triple Crown

California Chrome won the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, pulling away over the race's final furlongs to notch a dominant win.

California Chrome, who gained fame for his rags-to-riches tale outside the traditional rise of champion thoroughbreds, originally was a 5-2 morning line favorite, ultimately going off as a 2-1 favorite at post time.

A field of 19 horses ran in the Derby, following the withdrawals of Bob Baffert horse Hoppertunity, and his would-be replacement, Pablo Del Monte.

The last horse to successfully win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. California Chrome will attempt to take the next step toward completing the Triple Crown when he runs in The Preakness on Saturday, May 17, live on NBC.

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