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June 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - The day demanded history. They ran the Belmont Stakes on a blue-sky Saturday with Manhattan shimmering like Oz on the clear horizon. The crowd was enormous, and so was its desire to witness the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. But the history that horse racing so badly needed died just as it always seems to, in the long Belmont stretch with a fresh horse crossing the finish line first. California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, finished tied for fourth, a length behind winner Tonalist, as yet another effort to coronate a 12th Triple Crown winner crashed on a New York evening.
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June 9, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - History finished in a dead-heat for fourth place on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. Glory came up short in the final stretch run. Immortality will have to wait for another year. California Chrome would have gathered all those accolades with a win in the Belmont Stakes to secure horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978, but instead the strong chestnut colt joins the growing list of horses who could get only two-thirds of the way to the wire. If not this horse, which was dominant in winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, then what will it take for another horse to break the streak?
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June 8, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE PRESSURE at Belmont Park early this evening will be felt from the track all the way to the announcers' booths. Larry Collmus, the voice of the Triple Crown, will be calling his first Triple Crown attempt for NBC. Tom Durkin, the regular announcer at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga who preceded Collmus on NBC, will be calling his final Belmont Stakes, a Triple Crown call away from being able to say he has done absolutely everything in the sport....
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June 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
California Chrome is not going to capture horse racing's Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes. It would be a nice story if it did happen, and I sincerely hope to write it on Saturday evening, but that's not the way to bet. The Belmont is a heartbreaker, and for the 12 previous horses in the last 36 years who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, it is a streak breaker, too. That's because of the 11/2-mile distance, the farthest any...
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June 6, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IF HORSE RACING was not so different than other sports, I would be pleased to tell everybody there is no way California Chrome can lose tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. There are dozens of reasons why CC should win and become America's first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and 12th ever. He has won six consecutive races, including three consecutive Grade I stakes, the highest level of American racing. CC's opponents have just one Grade I win among them. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner's final Belmont workout last Saturday was absolutely dazzling.
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June 6, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LATE IN THE DAY on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Hollywood Park, California Chrome was a promising horse that was nonetheless 2-for-6 lifetime with earnings of just $104,850. The colt exploded that day to win the King Glorious Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths. Since that breakthrough, California Chrome is 6-for-6 with earnings of $3,347,800, a Belmont Stakes win away from being the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. CC is perfect with jockey Victor Espinoza. He is perfect with that nasal strip.
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June 5, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
COMING CLOSE may count when playing horseshoes on the front lawn, but not when chasing history in horse racing. Since Affirmed won it in 1978, 12 horses have come to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown and all 12 have been denied. Four of those 12 - Sunday Slence, Silver Charm, Real Quiet and local hero Smarty Jones - finished a heart-wrenching second. Here is a look at the 12 terrific horses who needed just one more win to become legendary.   2012 - I'LL HAVE ANOTHER Trainer: Doug O'Neill Jockey: Mario Gutierrez Derby: Won by 1 1/2 lengths Preakness: Won by a nose Belmont: Did not start due to injury Did you know?
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June 5, 2014
A WISE MAN told me years ago that it was not necessarily going to take a great horse to win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1978. He told me it would be won in a year when there was a solid, consistent colt running against a group that was neither solid nor consistent. This may be that year. As a charter member of the California Chrome fan club, I will say nothing to denigrate the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. I love this horse. Still, only time will tell us where the colt belongs in relation to the legendary horses.
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June 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Win or lose at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will be racing with the weight of a TV network and a beleaguered horse-racing industry on his powerful shoulders. NBC expects to more than double the TV audience of a typical Belmont to 17 million viewers because of Chrome's story and his chance for the coveted Triple Crown - the last one was Affirmed in 1978. Over the last dozen years, four horses raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont without winning: War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008.
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June 4, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When reservations became scarce for the trains running between Philadelphia and New York on the day of the 2004 Belmont Stakes, that's when trainer John Servis realized this Smarty Jones thing was starting to finally get out of hand. "It was crazy. It wasn't like that the first two races. I don't think a lot of people were sold on my horse then. I didn't feel any pressure for either of those two races," Servis said. "But the Belmont was completely different, and more from our city than anywhere.
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