June 05, 2014
California Chrome has generated excitement, superlatives, and high expectations, and it is hard for many fans to assess his Triple Crown bid dispassionately. But handicappers should not be swayed by sentiment. They are supposed to look at horses and ...
One good reason to root for California Chrome to complete a Classic sweep in the Belmont is that he may be the last of his kind, perhaps the final horse given a chance to win the Triple Crown as it is currently constituted.
If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown, he will have withstood more heat and more pressure than any American Thoroughbred since Affirmed said “no means no” to Alydar 36 years ago.
June 04, 2014
Jerkenses, pere et fils, are ready to pounce on some of the big favorites scheduled to run on the Belmont Stakes card. No one would be surprised if a giant or two were slain.
Belmont Park is offering several multirace pool guarantees Saturday, starting with a $500,000 guarantee on the opening 50-cent pick five, which starts with the first of 13 races at 11:35 a.m. Eastern.
Darren Rogers, senior director of communications and media services at Churchill Downs, accepted a temporary role this week as the guard of the Triple Crown trophy that normally is housed at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Ky.
Wicked Strong and Social Inclusion both schooled in the starting gate Wednesday, but the results were markedly different.
I am not quite sure what Spectacular Bid, Silver Charm, Real Quiet, and Smarty Jones have to do with Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, other than their names will get typed thousands of times this week as reasons California Chrome can’t win. I am going to ...
Owner Ron Sanchez had planned to withhold his decision on whether to run Social Inclusion in the Belmont Stakes until after his schooling session Wednesday morning. But after discussing the situation further with trainer Manny Azpurua on Tuesday, ...
Nick Zito won’t be involved Saturday when California Chrome tries to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, but he is as interested as anyone in what happens. And he has one piece of wisdom to impart.