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High stakes and big hats at the 140th Kentucky Derby

California Chrome won the 140th Kentucky Derby in brilliant fashion at a bright and sunny Churchill Downs

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Wicked Strong, rated by bookmakers as second favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby, gets a wash on the morning of race, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 3, 2014. Wicked Strong's trainer, Jimmy Jerkens, and owner, Don Little Jr., are both sons of accomplished horsemen but neither has had a horse in the Derby field before.

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Amanda Triplett wears a traditional derby hat before the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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A colorfully-dressed patron walks in the paddock area on the day of the 140th Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 3, 2014. A pin shows support for Danza, a horse considered by bookmakers as one of the top contenders in a field which California Chrome is still rated a strong favorite to win.

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Tracy Abney wears a derby hat before the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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Sharon Ainslie looks around the paddock before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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Jaclyn Linde of Madison, Wis. lays in the sun before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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Frank Ortiz heads to the infield before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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Spectators wear colorful pants before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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Fans make wagers before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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The NHL's Stanley Cup sits in a red carpet area at Churchill Downs on the day of the 140th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., May 3, 2014. After the scratch of Pablo Del Monte, the Derby field stands at 19 horses, with California Chrome still a strong favorite with bookmakers.

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A man looks over a racing program before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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California Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza leads in the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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Irad Ortzi, Jr. aboard Uncle Sigh (3) and Martin Garcia aboard Chitu (13) lead the field through turn one during the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

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Victor Espinoza aboard California Chrome (5) celebrates as they cross the finish line to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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