California Chrome sustained a bloody gash to his right front foot during the Belmont Stakes, an injury that may have hurt his chances in his failed bid to sweep the Triple Crown for the first time in 36 years.
Tonalist sprinted across the finish line first Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, spoiling California Chrome’s bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years.
Three horse races make up the Triple Crown. Three strikes and your out. Good things in sports come in 3s.
California Chrome has finished his final run-through before he goes for history and the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.
Three races in a five-week span at varying distances on different tracks. It’s so tough only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and none in 36 years.
Find out who our experts believe will win, place and show in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
Steve Cauthen didn’t expect a nearly 36-year drought since he won the Triple Crown with Affirmed in 1978.
California Chrome will go to the post on Saturday as the deserving favorite in this year’s Belmont Stakes in New York. More importantly, he will attempt to become the twelfth Triple Crown winner in American racing history.
That infection is a neurological disease called equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, or EPM. It can turn a powerful race horse into a stumbling, weak, uncoordinated animal.
Billie, 8, and Baretta, 19, are cousins of California Chrome—who has already won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes—complete with white socks and a blaze. The marking is known as a chrome in the the horse world.
California Chrome was unfazed by a chance encounter with an opossum that crossed the track at Belmont Park as the Triple Crown hopeful was ending his gallop.
When California Chrome crosses the finish line in the Belmont Stakes next month, win or lose, his bid for a Triple Crown will be over and horse racing will begin its annual retreat from the mainstream.