2014 Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes 2014: Video Highlights, Times, Payouts and Race Results

Tonalist, center, with Joel Rosario up, approaches the finish line to win the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Other horses are, from left, General a Rod (10), California Chrome (2), Medal Count (1), and Samraat. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2014

In the sport of horse racing, it doesn't get any bigger than a horse gunning for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.

That's exactly what fans were treated to as the 2014 edition of the race unfolded with California Chrome looking to make history.

Unfortunately, fans did not bear witness to history. California Chrome joined the likes of Smarty Jones, Big Brown and I'll Have Another as horses to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before coming up short in the final leg at the Belmont.

Here's a look at the final results of the intense race:

2014 Belmont Stakes Results
Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerLengths
111TonalistJoel RosarioChristophe Clement-
28CommissionerJavier CastellanoTodd PletcherHead
31Medal CountRobby AlbaradoDale Romans1
42California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman1 3/4
49Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJimmy Jerkens1 3/4
67SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette4
710General a RodRosie NapravnikMike Maker5 1/4
83MatterhornJoe BravoTodd Pletcher10
94Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart12 3/4
106MatuszakMike SmithBill Mott55
115Ride On CurlinJohn VelazquezBilly Gowan87
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What turned out to be bitter disappointment for California Chrome and his connections was a major coup for Tonalist and his.

After sitting out the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the colt took advantage of the fatigue in the rest of the field to sprint his way to victory on the 1 1/2-mile track, posting a finish time of two minutes and 28.52 seconds. Here's a look at the full replay from New York:

California Chrome's bid to capture the Triple Crown was obviously the biggest storyline involved, but as always, there were plenty of bettors with a vested interest in the outcome. Here's a look at the payouts that could make some savvy sharps a pretty penny:

2014 Belmont Stakes Payouts
HorseWinPlaceShow
Tonalist$20.40$9.60$7.00
Commissioner$23.20$13.20
Medal Count$13.20
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*$2 Exacta 11-8 paid $348; $1 Trifecta 11-8-1 paid $3,390.50; $1 Superfecta 11-8-1-2 paid $3,808; $1 Superfecta 11-8-1-9 paid $5,728.50.

Those who were calling for a Tonalist victory prior to post time in New York no doubt looked at his path to the Belmont. As a horse who sat out both of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, he had history on his side, per ESPN Stats & Info:

As Mike Rutherford of CardChronicle.com noted before the race started, Tonalist looked the part of Belmont winner. The additional rest that some horses get by skipping races is going to make the Triple Crown a difficult accomplishment:

As for Tonalist, he and his connections should be very pleased with the historic win. While his run ultimately broke up a historic bid, jockey Joel Rosario added another victory from one of the Triple Crown races to his record. Trainer Christophe Clement was pleasantly surprised by the win, telling The Associated Press (via ESPN.com), "We actually thought he finished second, but we got lucky, he won. It was great."

Regardless of the result, it's hard to deny that this event was good for the sport of horse racing. It's disappointing to see a horse come just short of making history, but the race itself still had a little bit of everything.

Featuring a photo finish, a long shot grabbing the victory and a Triple Crown dream deferred, this race had all the intrigue that will no doubt have fans glued to their televisions next summer hoping there's a horse out there that can end what will then be a 37-year drought.

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