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Belmont Stakes 2014 Video: Replay Highlights, Race Results and Breakdown

Tonalist (11), with Joel Rosario up, crosses the finish line ahead of Commissioner (8), with Javier Castellano up, to win the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2014

The 2014 Belmont Stakes was one of the most exciting horse races of the year, but many fans were disappointed when Triple Crown contender California Chrome failed to cement his place in history.

It was Tonalist and jockey Joel Rosario who stole the show with a narrow victory over Commissioner at the finish line. California Chrome was running strong late in the race, but he could only manage a fourth-place finish.

Here is the video of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, the full race results and a breakdown of the action.

 

Full Race Video

*Video via The New York Racing Association's YouTube page.

 

2014 Belmont Stakes Results
Pos. Post Horse Jockey Trainer Lengths
1 11 Tonalist Joel Rosario Christophe Clement -
2 8 Commissioner Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Head
3 1 Medal Count Robby Albarado Dale Romans 1
4 2 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman 1 3/4
4 9 Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh Jimmy Jerkins 1 3/4
6 7 Samraat Jose Ortiz Rick Violette 4
7 10 General a Rod Rosie Napravnik Mike Maker 5 1/4
8 3 Matterhorn Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher 10
9 4 Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan Dallas Stewart 12 3/4
10 6 Matuszak Mike Smith Bill Mott 55
11 5 Ride On Curlin John Velazquez Billy Gowan 87
Source: NBC Broadcast

 

Breaking Down the 2014 Belmont Stakes

Jun 7, 2014; Elmont, NY, USA; Joel Rosario aboard Tonalist (blue and red) wins the 2014 Belmont Stakes as Javier Castellano aboard Commissioner (far right) Robby Albarado aboard Medal Count (orange and purple) and Victor Espinoza aboard California Chrome
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As the longest Triple Crown race (Belmont Park measures at a distance of 1.5 miles), there were questions about California Chrome’s endurance and how the horse would handle so many races in such a short period of time.

After watching California Chrome come up short in the biggest race of his life, it is clear that the energy needed to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes took too much out of the talented colt.

ESPN’s stats department shared just how difficult it is for a Triple Crown contender to win against a stacked field like the one California Chrome went against Saturday:

Coming out of the No. 2 post, the horse started strong and found himself fighting for a spot at the front of the pack. Several horses used early energy to make it to the lead, and that bogged down the Triple Crown hopeful’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, as he was forced to follow the pace of the race.

Espinoza tried to swing California Chrome to the outside heading into the final turn, but he was once again forced to maneuver through traffic, a move that could have cost the horse the energy he desperately needed down the backstretch.

The New York Daily News spoke to California Chrome’s owner, Steve Coburn, after the race, and the outspoken personality made his feelings on the race very clear:

While Tonalist deserves immense credit for running the race of his life—the team owes a big thanks to veteran jockey Joel Rosario for executing the perfect game plan—there are many fans who share Coburn’s sentiment.

There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner in horse racing since 1978, when Affirmed accomplished the feat, but fans are desperate to see history made. Unfortunately for horse racing enthusiasts, they’ll have to wait until next year at the very least.

Talented horses Commissioner and Medal Count ran incredible races and finished second and third, respectively, but the focus is on why California Chrome wasn’t able to complete his Triple Crown journey at Belmont.

After expelling so much effort trying to work though the traffic and trying to get to the outside for the first mile, Chrome didn’t have the energy and stamina needed through the final turn and down the backstretch to earn the victory.

While the move we saw Saturday was good enough to win the shorter Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the extended course length was enough to destroy California Chrome’s hopes and open the door for an exciting run by Tonalist.

 

*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.

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