Now that the dust has settled from the Preakness Stakes, the world will wait in anticipation for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. History could be made—California Chrome stands to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
The brilliant red colt will have the hopes of the racing world on his muscular shoulders. For a sport that has been plagued by negative press and a declining fanbase, a Triple Crown winner could be the boost into the mainstream that the sport needs.
Paul Lo Duca, former MLB catcher and current horse racing analyst, is a believer in California Chrome and was quick to refute his naysayers on Twitter post-race, saying he was "sick and tired of everyone saying he (California Chrome) got a great trip" and eyeing history in the third leg of the Triple Crown.
It has been six years since a Triple Crown has been on the line in the Belmont Stakes. In 2008, Big Brown wound up last in a bizarre, disappointing race. Two years ago, I'll Have Another looked poised to compete for glory in the Belmont but had to withdraw the morning before the race.
It will be an exciting three weeks as we build up to the Belmont Stakes. Read on for a preview and some early predictions on what to expect for the third jewel of the Triple Crown.