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