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California Chrome’s Triple try ends in defeat

Belmont Stakes

Tonalist (11), ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, edges out Commissioner (8), with Javier Castellano up, to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y. California Chrome (2), the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner and ridden by Victor Espinoza, finished fourth.

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NEW YORK — California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to long shot Tonalist and leaving his owner to complain others took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Before a crowd of tens of thousands hoping to see history, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong. California Chrome’s loss extended the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion.
California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn was bitter about horses skipping the ...


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