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California Chrome made 3-5 favorite for Belmont

California Chrome Draws No. 2 Post


By BETH HARRIS
AP Racing Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- California Chrome became the 3-5 early favorite on Wednesday to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.

California Chrome will be listed No. 2 in the betting program, the same number as 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths while setting a track record for the 1 1/2-mile race that still stands.

Wicked Strong was the 6-1 second choice and drew post No. 9. The colt finished fourth after an unlucky trip in the Derby, sat out the Preakness and comes into the Belmont off a five-week rest.

Tonalist was made the third betting choice at 8-1 odds and will break from the No. 11 post. The colt has experienced on the track, having won the Peter Pan Stakes, although he is new to the Triple Crown trail.

Ride On Curlin, the 12-1 fourth choice, and 20-1 shot General a Rod are the only other horses besides California Chrome who will have run in all three legs of the Triple Crown.

Eleven horses were entered to take on California Chrome in his bid to win the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.

Commanding Curve, second in the Derby, was listed at 15-1. Four horses were at 20-1: Commissioner, General a Rod, Medal Count (eighth in the Derby) and Samraat (fifth in the Derby).

Matterhorn and Matuszak, both new to the Triple Crown series, were listed at 30-1.

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Rick June 04 2014 at 7:45 PM

If Chrome loses you can bet that the rightwingnuts will hold a congressional hearing and blame the loss on President Obama and Johnny "Come Lately" McCain will want to impeach.

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green gate farm Rick June 04 2014 at 8:35 PM

It's horse racing. Keep your politics to yourself.

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esword2020 green gate farm June 06 2014 at 7:33 PM

i liked what rick said

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shamrock2u June 04 2014 at 6:34 PM

The race is way to long for Chrome. He will fall back at the mile marker and finish third at best. Wicked Strong will prevail handily.

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Elizabeth shamrock2u June 04 2014 at 6:57 PM

Depends on the pace and the jockey. He is capable of running the distance.

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murrayelectricfl shamrock2u June 05 2014 at 9:58 AM

Thats' what they said about Secretariat. A sprinter / short run hourse cant possibly stay ahead in such a long track.

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PRAISE GOD! June 04 2014 at 8:52 PM

NO MONEY INVOLVED--THAT HORSE IS A TRUE CHAMPION-GO! GO! GO!

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Ashleigh June 04 2014 at 4:41 PM

I bet on him before and I won. I think I'll try it again! Go California (my home state) Chrome!!!

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fsaufleyudt Ashleigh June 06 2014 at 11:51 AM

California is the land of fruits and nuts.....not Triple Crown winners.

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poolcue1950 June 05 2014 at 7:52 AM

a change in the rules after 102 years .its all money instead of 50 thousand people because the owner would of pulled him from the race .there will be 100 thousand people .I lost all my spark in the race .not going to watch it .cry babies win again .

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justworkinggirl poolcue1950 June 05 2014 at 10:04 AM

Really? You want to talk about cry babies? Did you read your post? Where did you get the asinine idea about a change in the rules after 102 years? It has always been the discretion of the race committee to approve or disapprove of new gear. Look at all the gear most horses wear today. Most of it wasn't around 102 years ago. Every piece of equipment a horse wears today had to go through the same approval process when it was "new".

Dollars to donuts, next year, half the horses will be wearing nasal strips like California Chrome. If it gives him an advantage through better breathing, you can rest assured other horse owners will also be adopting the equipment for their horses.

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katydid0071 justworkinggirl June 05 2014 at 10:27 AM

nice answer..possibly, that particular item has never been approached before..It`s not a "change of the rules"..But, watching that horse, you can tell he loves the race, and if someone outruns him, it won`t be because he wasn`t loving the competition. And, it`s not a performance enhancing drug, so, why not?

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janwalk9 June 04 2014 at 6:32 PM

have a safe trip cal chrome

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billcdaly June 04 2014 at 6:32 PM

The fix is already in, when they caved to Chrome's owners / trainer when they threatened not to run him, unless the track removed the ban on nose breathers.

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Elizabeth billcdaly June 04 2014 at 6:56 PM

How utterly ignorant.

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Susan billcdaly June 04 2014 at 7:15 PM

Did you even read the story on that? Nose strips weren't banned, they existed in a gray area.
NY stewards had full discretion to grant permission to anyone to use them.

NY was the only state in which those things were not fully allowed. They are allowed in harness racing In New York. The rule was unclear, and silly. The state has changed it to make sense. They're now fully allowed, like everywhere else.

If the equipment had been truly banned/illegal in New York, I'd be outraged at what happened. As it was, no big deal.

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lenders1 June 05 2014 at 7:59 AM

Again.. the horse will pay $2.20 to win !

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RTCUSTOMCUE lenders1 June 06 2014 at 2:32 PM

Smart money bets the Tri with something - all and all and hopes CC gets no part of it.

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tricia June 05 2014 at 8:00 AM

Oh how I hope he wins this race. He is absolutely gorgeous and runs like a champ. Its a longer race but I think this champ can do it.

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almasearch June 05 2014 at 9:33 AM

Ah, shades of Sea Biscuit!!! C'mon California Chrome! Rooting for you from Ohio! :-)

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