Fans from all over the world packed Belmont Park on Saturday to get a glimpse at what could be history in the making. The trail of the Triple Crown has been chased for almost forty years and Saturday brought the day of reckoning for 11 horses, one who was fighting for a chance in the history books.
Saturday, June 7th 2014 marked the running of the Blemont Stakes, the last race that stood between California Chrome and making history. The world tuned in as the day grew closer to post time and fans packed the stands of Belmont Park chanting the name “California Chrome” from the moment he stepped out onto the track. This firey Chestnut colt had caught everyone’s eye by winning the first two jewels in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, with ease. This little powerhouse colt had taken the racing industry and the world by storm.
As the race started California Chrome had a good position near the middle of the pack for the long and tedious mile and half trip around Belmont Park. He held steady as front runners kept pace for the field. In the last stretch California Chrome fought through the pack, as front runner Commissioner held strong and Tonalist made his way to the front. California Chrome fought hard, but finished nose to nose for fourth place in a very tight finish. It wouldn’t be until after the race that we would find out that California Chrome had suffered a cut leaving the starting gate, had that not happened, who knows what the history books would say.
Many were disappointed by California Chrome’s loss, and having to wait at least another year to see a Triple Crown chance. California Chrome’s owners have said that they plan to keep him racing as a four year old, and who knows what could happen next for him. Maybe a trip to the Breeders Cup? He’s certainly proven his abilities! As always, Golden Oak Stables will keep you in the know for all of your real and Breyer horse news!