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Triple Crown

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

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

Many Left Waiting For Hours To Get Home After Belmont Stakes

Heavy train delays proved to be as much of a disappointment as the race was to many California Chrome fans Saturday.

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

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado up, trains on the main track at Belmont Park on June 6, 2014 in Elmont, New York He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes

6 Good Things That Come In 3s

Three horse races make up the Triple Crown. Three strikes and your out. Good things in sports come in 3s.

06/06/2014

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman leads Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado up, to the track in preparation for the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Triple Crown Frenzy! Over 100K Expected For California Chrome’s Shot At Belmont

Good weather — 82 degrees and sunny, according to the National Weather Service — could push the crowd into record territory on Saturday.

06/06/2014

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza trains at Belmont Park on May 31, 2014 in Elmont, New York. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kallas: Chrome Winning Triple Crown Might Be Bad For Thoroughbred Racing

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.

06/06/2014

California Chrome. Just look at that face. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Rapping Kids Have Triple Crown, ‘Chromie’ On The Brain

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.

06/06/2014

California Chrome (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images), Miguel Cotto (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) and Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Chrome To Cotto To Henrik — NYC’s Sports Triple Crown

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.

06/06/2014

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