The Belmont Stakes Tarnished Chrome Tonalist Spoils California Horse's Bid for Triple Crown after Skipping 1st Two Legs

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The Belmont Stakes Tarnished Chrome Tonalist Spoils California Horse's Bid for Triple Crown after Skipping 1st Two Legs


Crawford, Eric, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


ELMONT, N.Y. -- After a 12th consecutive failed run for the Triple Crown in the past 36 years, the same things happened. Fans sat disappointed in the grandstand, sobering up. Many waited in long lines at the train station just outside the entrance. Others shuffled to their cars. The ground was littered with programs and "Triple Chrome" posters.

Back at the barn of the beaten favorite, California Chrome, they licked their wounds. In this case, it was literal. A spokesperson for the team said the colt "grabbed a quarter," or cut his right front hoof, at some point in the race. She said trainers would talk more about the injury today.

For now, they were smarting, after the well-rested Tonalist, who last had run in a Peter Pan Stakes victory May 10, roared to the lead in the stretch to win by a head over Commissioner, another "new shooter" in the Belmont, who didn't race in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness. Tonalist paid $20.40 to win, the ninth time in the past 15 races the Belmont winner has paid more than $10. Medal Count, eighth in the Derby, finished third, and California Chrome finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong.

"I feel like he was a little bit empty today," said California Chrome's jockey, Victor Espinoza, who could tell he didn't have enough horse after about five furlongs. "It's not like before. ... He got a little bit intimidated. He's never done that before. That's the first time, I noticed that he got just a little bit shy in there."

Fans came in droves, with the Long Island freeways backed in all directions and the special Long Island Railroad Train packed for the trip directly into Belmont. They snapped up posters of California Chrome, wore special nasal strips that were being given out -- promoting the equine version that the colt wears -- and placed souvenir $2 win bets by the thousands.

California Chrome stumbled at the start, brushing with Matterhorn, and it was there that a spokesperson said he might've clipped his own hoof or hit the hoof of a competitor. Still, according to the Equibase official race recap, he "showed no ill effects." He got to a good stalking position just off the leaders, and there he stayed until the turn for home, when Espinoza asked him for his trademark burst, but didn't get it.

"You know, the horse tried hard," assistant trainer Alan Sherman said. "It's a long, hard ride on these young horses, and that's why the Triple Crown is so tough to win. It's just, you know, the horse tried, that's all I can ask for. He took me on the ride of my life. ... I thought he was in pretty good shape. I saw when Victor started to squeeze on him a little, he didn't respond like he had in the past. Just, he was a little wore out, I think."

Tonalist wasn't. A lung infection knocked him off the Triple Crown trail, but trainer Christophe Clement was patient, and knew he had a chance in the Belmont. Clement, who grew up in France, scored his biggest American victory.

"It's a great win," he said. "He trained great. He looked great before the race. I'm absolutely delighted that he won."

Others weren't as delighted.

Co-owner of California Chrome Steve Coburn blasted Clement, without mentioning him by name, and other owners who came to the Belmont after skipping the Preakness or, in the case of Tonalist, skipped the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. …

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