1978. That year for those who follow horse racing is well known as the last time we saw a horse take home all three legs of the Triple Crown.
When California Chrome owner Steve Coburn ranted against the harsh realities of horse racing, following his horse’s loss at the Belmont Stakes, he not only deprived the winning horse of its deserved spotlight, but also that of his own.
California Chrome has failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years.
Chrome craziness set in at Belmont Park Saturday as the hours ticked down ahead of the horse’s bid to end racing’s 36-year Triple Crown drought.
So far, so smooth for California Chrome.
The last 1 1/2 miles of the Triple Crown trail are littered with misses and heartbreak.
The bet I will most happily cash will be an exacta with California Chrome finishing first and Samraat in second. I will also hedge a bit with a five horse exacta box that excludes California Chrome — just in case.
Find out who our experts believe will win, place and show in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
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.
California Chrome can breathe easy — he may wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.