Make it 36 years and counting.
There’s nothing quite like waiting three weeks, sitting on a horse whose had all the stars align for the best possible run at the Triple Crown only to see it melt away under the Peter Pan Stakes exacta. The Peter Pan Stakes is the local prep for the Belmont Stakes run at 1 1/8th miles.
The Belmont Stakes had an honest pace (48.52, 1:12.84, 1:37.13, 2:02.43 and 2:28.52). It gave everyone except the deep closers something to run at. The race was a perfect recipe for California Chrome and he just didn’t have the acceleration.
In the end, it was the freshest horses that won out.
There’s plenty of California Chrome to relish from the past and into the future, but first let’s put the Belmont Stakes under the compound microscope and look for winners and losers.
All quotes, unless otherwise specified, came from NYRA-issued press releases.