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California Chrome denied:
Tonalist wins Belmont Stakes

CNN, by Ray Sanchez

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/8/2014 4:21:22 AM

New York -- Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes Saturday, denying the heavily favored California Chrome his chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Instead of a historic win by their favorite, the huge crowd at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, witnessed a dramatic finish in which Tonalist, ridden by Joel Rosario, overtook Commissioner in his last strides to win by a head. But the fact that none of the top three finishers had raced in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the two prerequisites to the Triple Crown, didn´t sit well with California Chrome

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Crybaby Coburn lost a lot of people´s respect with his "cowards" tirade. Nowhere in racing protocol is it written that the Belmont should have been made easier for his horse.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Malia2012, 6/8/2014 6:56:10 AM     (No. 9877115)

With all "due" respect, Mr. Coburn is not asking the Belmont to make things easier for his horse. He is pointing out the fact that the other horses started at 2nd or 3rd base and his was still at home because California Chrome had already competed and WON in TWO major races. There is a reason it´s called the Triple Crown! If not, then do away with the "honor".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 6/8/2014 8:05:59 AM     (No. 9877159)

I came across several stories that claimed that horse racing insiders were saying that trainers and riders of other horses in the Belmont would be actively working to make sure that California Chrome did not win. Unless I see a description of the race that makes clear that such actions did not affect the outcome, I will pay no attention to future Triple Crown contenders.

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