California Chrome seeks first Triple Crown in four decades at Belmont Stakes
NEW YORK - California Chrome will go to the post around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday as the deserving favorite in this year’s Belmont Stakes in New York.
More importantly, he will attempt to become the twelfth Triple Crown winner in American racing history. Since Affirmed became the eleventh Triple Crown winner thirty-six years ago, a dozen colts have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but failed to win the Belmont.
California Chrome will run to finally end the long Triple Crown drought but he will face a formidable group of colts on Saturday.
In addition to the obvious threats to beat Chrome, the Belmont Stakes has had its fair share of hard-to-figure winners including a few that spoiled Triple Crown attempts.
Considering the race’s recent history of longshot winners and Triple Crown flops, the heart will root for history but the head should look for a way to cash a big ticket should the favorite fail.