There was no signage, no direction — just chaos. Perhaps track officials were too busy with the sound of coins and cash to hear the chaos just outside Belmont Park.
“It wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair because I got an unfair advantage,” Coburn said. “If your horse is good enough to run in the Belmont, where was he in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness?”
California Chrome became the latest contender to fall victim to the Belmont Stakes, as the 1 1/2-mile “Test of Champions” proved too much to overcome.
Heavy train delays proved to be as much of a disappointment as the race was to many California Chrome fans Saturday.
Unfortunately for Califonia Chrome, the crowd’s intensity was not enough for the horse to win the Belmont Stake and bring home the Triple Crown glory.
The Triple Crown races have been very good to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker. His horse Undrafted won the $300,000 Jaipur Invitational on Saturday.
While everyone wants to win, deep down most wouldn’t be too upset finally seeing a Triple Crown winner.
The last 1 1/2 miles of the Triple Crown trail are littered with misses and heartbreak. California Chrome will try to dodge it all.
“I’m real confident,” Sherman told Francesa. “I am. Just the way he’s been training on this track. Obviously he hasn’t run on it, but he’s been training great over it.”
Horse racing fever has hit the Tri-State Area, and everyone seems to be catching the spark.
At 6:52 p.m. on Saturday, California Chrome will attempt to win the Triple Crown. For many of the thousands of people at Belmont Park, it will all come down to the little ticket in their hands.
Good weather — 82 degrees and sunny, according to the National Weather Service — could push the crowd into record territory on Saturday.
While it would be a wonderful story if California Chrome and his connections were to win the Triple Crown, I’m simply not sure that it would be the best thing for the industry.
These kids aren’t old enough to bet on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. But they’re definitely rooting for Chromie, their homie, to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Pick your triple handle. Imagine the sporting triumvirate, trifecta or hat trick of Chrome, Cotto and King Henrik winning their respective crusades. It would give our city some juice and a much-needed moment of eminence.
WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski takes some incredible photos of Belmont Park.
Photos from the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Photos from the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY.
Photos of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another.