California Chrome

Fans hold a sign in support of Derek Jeter prior to the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Top 14 Sports Stories Of 2014

Our sports teams here in New York weren’t all that good this past year — except for the Rangers (and, OK, now the Islanders). Still, we found reasons — both good and bad — to keep tuning in.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: How I’d Bet $100

How one pro would bet $100 on the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

10/31/2014

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: California Chrome Runs For Redemption

All of the equine stars from the most prestigious 3-year old races this past spring and summer will meet in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in California, where California Chrome is running for redemption.

10/29/2014

California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza,during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Another Year, Another Belmont Bust

I’ll take Pumpkin over California Chrome any day.

06/13/2014

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10 Extremely Awkward Apologies In Sports History

From Donald Sterling and Steve Coburn to Tonya Harding and Mike Tyson, here are some other notable awkward apologies from the world of sports.

06/10/2014

California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza,during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: California Chrome Is A Winner, Just Not To The Extent We Expected

California Chrome is a winner, just not to the extent we expected or needed to give a peripheral sport a jolt of historic juice. But it just feels like a reach to rewrite the rules because we’re so starved for immortality.

06/10/2014

Tonalist #11, ridden by Joel Rosario, races to the finish line en route to winning the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. California Chrome #2 tied for fourth in his bid for the Triple Crown. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kallas: Tonalist Was A Monster Right Before Coburn Acted The Clown At Belmont

Initially, there were a number of reasons why Tonalist would win, as I pointed out in a column last Friday where I picked Tonalist to win.

06/09/2014

Crowd waits to get home after 2014 Belmont Stakes (Credit: CBS 2)

Dyer: Horse Racing Lost Fans Saturday With A Miserably Run Belmont Stakes

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.

06/09/2014

Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome, high-fives a fan at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

California Chrome Co-Owner Compares Loss To Handicapped Child Playing Basketball

“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?”

06/09/2014

Tonalist #11, ridden by Joel Rosario, races to the finish line en route to winning the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. California Chrome #2 tied for fourth in his bid for the Triple Crown. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Belmont Bummer: Tonalist Spoils California Chrome’s Triple Crown Bid

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.

06/07/2014

Fans make their way into Belmont Park prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Fans Show Up By The Thousands For Belmont Stakes; California Chrome Ties For 4th

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.

06/07/2014

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman leads Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado up, back to the barn after a morning workout in preparation for the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Belmont Competitor: ‘We Want California Chrome To Win If We Don’t’

While everyone wants to win, deep down most wouldn’t be too upset finally seeing a Triple Crown winner.

06/07/2014

A fan looks at a racing forum prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

5 Things To Know For California Chrome’s Triple Crown Try In Belmont Stakes

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.

06/07/2014

Mike Francesa and Alan Sherman at Belmont Park (Credit: Brian Monzo/WFAN)

On The Fan: Asst. Trainer ‘Real Confident’ In California Chrome’s Chances

“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.”

06/06/2014

Belmont Stakes Fans

Horse Racing Fever Hits Area For Belmont, California Chrome

Horse racing fever has hit the Tri-State Area, and everyone seems to be catching the spark.

06/06/2014

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