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California Chrome’s Derby Victory A Popular One Golden Gate Fields
When California Chrome crossed the wire as a dominating victor of the 140th Kentucky Derby, cheers rattled the rafters at Golden Gate Fields, where both the Derby winning trainer and jockey once plied their trades with great success.
California Chrome is trained by Art Sherman, who was the second-leading trainer at Golden Gate Fields at the following meetings – 2007 spring, 2006-2007 winter, 2006 summer/fall, 2006 spring, 2005 fall, 2004-2005 winter/spring, 2003-2004 winter/spring, 2000-2001 winter/spring.
Although Art Sherman relocated to Southern California in 2008, his son, Steve, remained in the Bay Area and has operated a very successful racing stable at Golden Gate Fields for the past several years. Steve was with his father in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs Saturday.
Espinoza began his riding career in the Bay Area in 1993 and was the leading apprentice rider at Golden Gate Fields in 1994. Espinoza finished second to perennial champ Russell Baze at the 1995 winter/spring and 1995 fall meetings at Golden Gate Fields.
Espinoza – after a brief campaign in Kentucky – settled in Southern California in 1996 and in a few short years established himself as one of the leading jockeys at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar.
California Chrome carried Espinoza to his second Kentucky Derby victory as the
41-year-old native of Mexico City, Mexico, won the “Run For The Roses” in 2002 aboard War Emblem.