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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.

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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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