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California Chrome's Challengers: The 2014 Belmont Stakes Probables

 
With his Preakness victory California Chromewill 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 million purse.

Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby, and Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Preakness, are slated to take on California Chrome again.

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 good horse.”
 
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 purses. 

 

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whne the group has NO IDEA of the basics of genetics, they will be mesermized by the long standing fiction of being able to predict the outcome of a single breeding. What crap.
Pedigree Schmedigree...None of that has mattered yet. Too much emphasis placed on this. This horse just keeps outrunning a bad lot and will again. I'm convinced.
I hope nyra allows cal chrome to wear the nasal stripe . it would be depriving horse racing fans the opportunity to see one greatest stories in horse racing history.
Will Rosario go with Tonalist or stick with Ride on Curlin?
  • buds · Jay, I was going to say "Its a no brainer" and leave it at that, but apparently some people would choose Tonelist. Ride on Curlin is in a entirely different league than Tonelist. He may be tired, but it didnt look that way in the Preakness. He just keeps getting better as his 3 year old campaign continues, Rosario should think of who he would rather ride in the summer series of races b4 he makes his final call · 157 days ago
  • amdaman · He'll most likely stay on Ride On Curlin. He's is surely looking forward to an extra 5/16's to run California Chrome down in the Belmont. · 157 days ago
Cards on the table
At Finger Lakes because they are not a NYRA track.
Because it is up to the Stewards to allow it or not and frankly, they can deny everything you have just listed because it is in their discretion according to the regulation. As I have pointed out the strips are allowed at the harness tracks in NY and I would assume a Finger Lakes
They allow: "Bandage: Leg wraps used for support or protection against injury during a race. Bar shoe: A horseshoe closed at the back to help support the heel of the hoof. Often worn by horses with quarter cracks or bruised feet." http://tinyurl.com/p8z79jc Why'n the hell would they not allow something as innocus as a breathing strip? I think this issue will go away.
I hope California Chrome does run. Horse Racing could really use a Triple Crown Champion,I think the sprinters in his pedigree will be his downfall. As racing fans we can only hope he channels what stamina he may get from A.P. Indy and Seattle Slew.
  • jayr · You know, I was thinking way back that he could only win the first two legs. But the way he runs, so effortlessly, responding whenever asked, ears pricked, not even breaking a sweat...I've changed my mind. He's got plenty of help in his pedigree, and they are all showing up for this. I read somewhere that Baffert said, "CC is making his own pedigree." Amen. · 157 days ago
They allow: "Bandage: Leg wraps used for support or protection against injury during a race. Bar shoe: A horseshoe closed at the back to help support the heel of the hoof. Often worn by horses with quarter cracks or bruised feet." http://tinyurl.com/p8z79jc Why'n the hell would they not allow something as innocus as a breathing strip? I think this issue will go away.
Carrielee. I think you need to take another look at the stamina in his pedigree. Buckpasser who had no problem getting distance as did his sire Tom Fool. Sir Ivor who eon many stakes in Europe including the a English Derby and was second in the Arc. There is Vaguely Noble who won the Arc as well as other top European races and Ribot a dbl Arc winner and less we forget Northern Dancer
Idc what his pedigree is, I at least want to see him run, it's better to attempt to win the Belmont than sit out
Califonira Chrome has brought some great publicity to racing but the journey ends at Belmont. He's bred to run 9.5 - 10 furlongs thanks to Mr. Prospector's son Not For Love, but 12 is 2 furlongs too long. Commish should plod to victory in this one.
Nasal strips or not California Chrome will be lose the Belmont in the stretch to the likes of Commanding Curve or Ride on Curlin two horses who are bred to go the distance and improving at the right time
The link was cut off somehow. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85161/can-chrome-wear-nasal-strip-in-belmont
Actually, after being able to catch up with reading the connections' quotes from this A.M., I'm seeing that Sherman said of the strip, "To me, I think it helps. But it's NOT going to move him up 5 or 6 lengths."
LD. I read about this being an issue if we got further in the TC, but now it is front and center, also because the owners are talking about it too.
Seems like it would have come up last week with all the Preakness talk. All anybody talked about was Triple Crown and not that it didn't matter. Actually if he doesn't run even the Preakness became moot.

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