No History: California Chrome Misses Triple Crown
Falls short at Belmont as Tonalist wins
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2014 6:02 PM CDT
California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado in the saddle, gallops in the rain at Belmont Park race track on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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(Newser) – California Chrome missed his shot at history today, failing to win the Belmont Stakes and end horse racing's 36-year drought of Triple Crown champions. Instead, Tonalist and jockey Joel Rosario won at Belmont Park. California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza finished well back in a tie for fourth, losing the 1 1/2-mile race in front of tens of thousands of fans hoping to see history. It was not to be, leaving Affirmed as the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978.