The world of horse racing is hoping to see something sensational this Saturday evening at Belmont Park. With California Chrome looking to make history by winning the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, all eyes will be on Elmont, New York for the momentous occasion.
One of the biggest questions leading up to the race is what Saturday's weather will look like. Much like the weather during California Chrome's run thus far, Saturday's weather looks perfect.
That bodes well for the young colt, who has never raced in the rain during his career.
As we quickly approaches this weekend's event, here's a look at the current forecast for the 2014 Belmont Stakes and how the weather might affect the race. The full weekend forecast can be found courtesy of The Weather Channel.
Where: Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
When: Saturday, June 7 at 6:52 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Current Forecast: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees
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Update: As of Tuesday morning, June 3, the forecast for Elmont is sunny, 80 degrees.
After capturing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the strong colt had three weeks to recover before the run at Belmont Park. Mike Welsch of Daily Racing Form provides a look at his final major prep outing:
California Chrome looks super in final Belmont prep cruises 4F in :47.47 with monster gallop out, :59.59, 1:12.76, 1:26.34 up mile 1:40.92— Mike Welsch (@DRFWelsch) May 31, 2014
But if there's one slight hitch in the horse's giddyup, it might be the weather forecast.
Despite the fact that he's won his last six races, California Chrome has never raced in rainy conditions. With both the Derby and Preakness having been run with good conditions, the colt has still never been tested on a slick track.
Trainer Art Sherman spoke about the gelding as the race nears, per Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times:
It makes me a little nervous because he’s never run in the slop, but I watched him train over there. It’s going to be packed down—a sloppy racetrack, they usually seal it to keep the rain from making it too sloppy—and if he can hear his feet rattle on that type of a racetrack, I think it will be to his advantage.
... If it comes up a sloppy racetrack, I don’t think it will bother him. I’m from the old school. I think a horse that can run, can run on anything, and he doesn’t have to carry the track with him.
Luckily for Sherman and California Chrome, the conditions now look more promising. With only a 10 percent chance for precipitation on Saturday, horse racing fans shouldn't worry about the colt underperforming in the huge event.
Jeff Siegel of Horse Racing TV provides his thoughts on the outlook for Saturday in Elmont:
Saturday’s Belmont Stakes weather forecast as of Monday a.m. = hi 78, low 61, 10 percent chance of rain. Glorious!— Jeff Siegel (@HRTVJeff) June 2, 2014
If California Chrome does experience a hiccup on Saturday and falters in his attempt to capture the Triple Crown, it likely won't be due to the weather.
All the pressure will be firmly on Sherman, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza in their attempt at the memorable feat. With beautiful conditions expected over the weekend, expect California Chrome to make history and ride off into the sunset with the Triple Crown.
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