California Chrome Loses Triple Crown Bid; Tonalist Wins Belmont

Horse racing’s 36-year quest to find the next great American hero and propel a fading sport back into the spotlight has once again let opportunity slip from its hooves.


Tonalist, ridden by Joel Rosario, celebrates after winning the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

California Chrome, a colt with a crazy backstory, became the 13th horse since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978 to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but fail to win the Belmont Stakes.

On a Saturday evening in which Elmont, N.Y., became the center of the sporting world the 3-year-old colt finished in a tie for fourth in the 1 1/2-mile race.

Tonalistedged Commissioner at the wire while Medal Count took third. Wicked Strong finished in a dead-heat with California Chrome for fourth.

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