With his Preakness victory California Chrome, will be the sixth horse since the year 2000 to
head to the Belmont Stakes in pursuit of the Triple Crown. In 2002, California
Chrome’s jockey Victor Espinoza finished eighth in the Belmont aboard War
Emblem. Then it was Funny Cide finishing third in 2003. In 2004, Smarty
Jones fell short by only a head. The two most recent tries for the Crown were
the most disappointing, when Big Brown was pulled up and did not finish in 2008 and
I’ll Have Another was scratched the day before and never ran in 2012.
Three weeks before the 2014 Belmont Stakes the NYRA Racing
Office is expecting a field of eleven three year-olds to run for the $1.5
Four New York-based
horses skipped the Preakness and returned home to freshen and prepare for the
Belmont Stakes after running in the Derby: Danza the third place
finisher, Wicked Strong (fourth), Samraat (fifth), and Intense Holiday (12th).
Social Inclusion, third in the Preakness, is expected to
join the Belmont Stakes field, along with Kid Cruz, eighth in the second
leg of the Triple Crown.
Tonalist and Commissioner are
expected to make their first Triple Crown appearance after running first and
second in the Peter Pan (G2) at Belmont Park, their home racetrack.
Since Affirmed won
the last Triple Crown in 1978 a total of twelve horses have been unable to
secure the Crown after taking the first two legs. California Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman has a right to be confident
after his horse won his sixth consecutive race, “I’ll tell you one thing: he’s a real race horse.
I’m hoping that the mile and a half is up his alley, too, because he’s a very
California Chrome’s attempt to win the Triple Crown will be part of a
Belmont Stakes Day with 10 stakes races, nine of them graded, and $8,000,000 in