Horse racing doesn't need a Triple Crown winner so much as it needs a horse alive for the Triple Crown. The buzz is as good as the event. If California Chrome doesn't win the Belmont Stakes, he'll still be a draw for the remainder of his career. If he comes out of the Belmont—win or lose—safe and sound, there's no reason why we won't see him run in the Haskell Invitational, Travers Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic.
But that's a long ways away.
It has been 35 years without a Triple Crown winner, and it's about time the sport gets one. Sure the sport doesn't necessarily need it, but one every few decades seems fair.
California Chrome is the first horse in the modern social media climate to be going for the Triple Crown. The last was Big Brown in 2008, but he just missed the Twitter and Instagram boom. But with so much focus on Chrome, it's high time to make some sense of this race, and what better way than to go bold.
Read on for some salty predictions suitable for all audiences.