The Triple Crown of horse racing is one of the greatest
challenges in all of sports and when a horse wins the first two legs of the
Crown the three weeks of hype leading to the Belmont Stakes is almost overwhelming.
The 2014 version was no different. California Chrome captivated American sports fans. A huge crowd of
102,199 showed up at Belmont Park and NBC had amazing ratings. The NBC telecast
of the Belmont was the most-watched weekend sporting event since the Winter
Olympics. Wagering totals broke all-time NYRA records for on-track handle and
Here is a video look at the last couple days, as the 2014 quest
for a Triple Crown boiled over, starting with the race itself.
Immediately after the race California Chrome’s owner Steve
Coburn let his emotions get the best of him with his rant on national
Coburn appeared on Good
Morning America for the second time in two days to apologize for his
comments in the 24 hours after the race.
In the end, it is important to remember that California
Chrome is a thoroughbred that had a wonderful six-race win streak. Take a look
at his return to his home base at Los Alamitos where the backstretch workers show their appreciation.
The Belmont Stakes and the aftermath gave us some good moments
and some not so good ones also. American sports fans are always passionate about their favorite teams and racing fans are no different when it comes to their
favorite horses. In the past five weeks of the Triple Crown racing has gotten a lot of attention and that is a good thing.