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.
While everyone wants to win, deep down most wouldn’t be too upset finally seeing a Triple Crown winner.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
California Chrome has visited the Belmont Park paddock and galloped his usual two miles in preparation for his bid to win horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 36 years.
“I can tell you he loves this track, and I don’t see him any problem getting a mile and a half,” Willie Delgado said Tuesday. “This is the strongest I’ve felt about him winning a race.”
California Chrome has galloped again in preparations for the Belmont Stakes, while a new contender trained by Todd Pletcher has emerged for the last leg of the Triple Crown.
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman said California Chrome is surprising him with how quickly he is bouncing back from his last two big races.
California Chrome has arrived in New York to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.