2014 Belmont Stakes: Early Storylines to Follow for Triple Crown's Final Leg

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2014 Belmont Stakes: Early Storylines to Follow for Triple Crown's Final Leg
Seth Wenig/Associated Press
The big horse California Chrome takes aim at the Triple Crown.

"Nasalgate" is in the rear-view mirror, and the world of horse racing can pitch its eyes on what's truly important: the Belmont Stakes and an overdue Triple Crown.

The year was 2012 and I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He was denied the use of the nasal strips that he wore during his run through the Triple Crown, but it was a moot point since he scratched with a tendon injury before the Belmont Stakes. Two years later, California Chrome has a chance to become the 12th Triple Crown winner—if he can stay sound. And there's no reason to think he won't.

Chrome's attempt at the Triple Crown is the most important storyline unfolding, but there are others, too. The Belmont Stakes represents Act 3 in a narrative spanning five weeks (more if you include the Derby prep season). 

It all comes to a head on June 7 as all roads lead to Belmont Park. Read on to see what else is brewing besides Chrome's run through history.

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