06/04/2014 3:26PM

Watchmaker: California Chrome will sweep Triple Crown

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Immediately after he won the Preakness, I wondered if California Chrome would be able to produce yet another top effort in the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome seemed to have a more demanding race at Pimlico than he did when he won the Kentucky Derby. He was asked to move earlier than he might have preferred when Social Inclusion forced his hand early on the far turn, his patented brush at the top of the stretch didn’t seem quite as sharp as it did at Churchill Downs or in the Santa Anita Derby, and he had to work to turn back Ride On Curlin.

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