California Chrome seemed like a horse of destiny after wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, but a fairy-tale ending wasn’t in the cards at the 2014 Belmont Stakes, and Chrome took fifth place.
Tonalist, who was fresh after skipping both of the Derby and the Preakness, captured first in New York, extending the Triple Crown drought another year. Affirmed is still the last horse to complete American horse racing’s greatest achievement after doing so in 1978.
The mystique of the Triple Crown will grow as Chrome becomes No. 13 on the list of horses to win the first two legs without securing a victory at the Belmont. Next year, another batch of thoroughbreds will try to win what’s become one of the most illusive prizes in all of sports
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