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.
And they’re off! The Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 7 and CBS New York is giving you a head start. Follow this guide for information on how to get there, how to get tickets, who to bet on, what to wear and more.
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There is still a couple of days before California Chrome hits the track at Belmont for a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, but the celebration for Saturday’s big race has already started.
Since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner in 1978, three Belmont fields with the same history on the line also drew 11 horses in 1981, 1988 and 2002.
California Chrome is the 3-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion.
Art Sherman got his first glimpse of California Chrome in action in two weeks, and the trainer liked what he saw. So did co-owner Steve Coburn.
For all the buzz California Chrome’s feel-good run at the Triple Crown is generating for horse racing, his too-good-to-be-true story has virtually no chance of repeating itself, according to the numbers.
It’s an honor that can go very, very wrong. But California Chrome’s jockey and assistant trainer were right on the money Monday night in the Bronx.
Just five days to go — and all eyes are on the racetrack. California Chrome’s fan club is growing. And so is the security detail for the Triple Crown threat at Belmont Park.
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.