Skip to comments.Tonalist spoils California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown
Posted on 06/07/2014 4:14:03 PM PDT by kingattax
The longest wait in sports is not over.
California Chrome's bid to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 fell short in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
After winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes by a length and a half, the mile-and-a-half Belmont proved to be too much for Chrome, who finished fourth to winner Tonalist.
And with that, the longest drought in Triple Crown history continues.
Since Affirmed's sweep 36 years ago, 13 horses now have gone to Belmont Park with the Derby and Preakness in hand only to falter somehow, some way. Real Quiet was nipped at the wire in 1998; War Emblem stumbled out of the gate in 2002; Smarty Jones faltered down the stretch in '04; and I'll Have Another was scratched with an injury the day before the race in '12.
Now add Chrome's fade down the stretch to the list.
Still, it was an impressive run for Chrome, especially considering the horse's backstory: a modest pedigree, blue-collar owners, 77-year-old trainer who'd never sniffed a Triple Crown start until now and jockey who was believed to be past his prime.
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Tonalist and 3 others —
Were California Chrome and Ride on Curlin the only two horses from the Preakness? It’s a lot tougher coming off that a few weeks ago.
I agree. Where do you place Swaps?
He utterly beclowned himself.
I agree with the owner, it’s not a fair race to race a horse who’s been in the previous Kentucky Derby and Preakness against rested horses.
Life isn’t fair....A true champion overcomes. That’s why the Triple Crown is such a rare feat. Chrome just wasn’t worthy of it in the end.
But how else can he win the Triple Crown unless they put more time between the races? I wonder if previous years were the same amount between.
Isn't that what other Triple Crown winners have gone through?!?
I know nothing about racing. But how much rest does a horse need? Preakness was 3 weeks ago. Not enough time to rest up for the next race????i
Does anyone know the winning time?
Trigger and Flicka are not happy.
I have no horse in this race, (badummp chee) so it doesn’t matter one way or the other to me but is it really fair to those horses that have grinded the other 2 races to then have to go against fresh horses?
I agree with the owner. He won’t see another triple crown winner in his lifetime.
“I agree with the owner, its not a fair race to race a horse whos been in the previous Kentucky Derby and Preakness against rested horses.”
Someone mislead him to believe that everything in life is fair. He came off as a very sore loser, but a loser all the same
I remember that race, and I agree completely.
That’s why the Triple Crown is so hard to win. It’s the true champion horses that win all three races and not the better than average ones who win just the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Oh well, maybe next year we’ll get a Triple Crown winner.
Blood-Horse magazine ranks Swaps 20th in their list of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century.
Swaps held all kinds of records and was in the money 23 of 25 starts, winning 19 times.
great horse, no doubt about that. He was a descendant of Man O’ War.
Sounded like a DemocRat aka loser.
I’ve been following horse racing since the 1960s.
The breed has been compromised by breeding for speed, instead of endurance. I think that’s why you saw so many more Triple Crown winners in the past. Also why there seems to be more injuries and deaths among a breed that has been inbred to the point of unsoundness, IMHO.
No, also General a Rod.
7 horses - just about a record recently - came from the Derby. Nice to see actually. More than half the field was in the TC trail.
It was funny watching his wife try to shut him up.
you make a great point.
That’s too bad. Now he’s twice the loser.
I agree. But I’m disappointed CA Chrome didn’t win.
The owner said it best. You’ll never see another triple crown winner again if they don’t stop letting horses into the Preakness and Belmont who didn’t start the triple crown at Kentucky. .
yes he did, he sounded like a crybaby
That interview in the winner circle with the winning owner just now was an absolute disgrace!
NBC is scumb
That owner deserved his props and the ceremony that goes with winning such a prestigious race, in the winner circle of gods sake!
That garbage idiot bob cost as calls him out as a cheater! Really?!
What a POS that bob costus is
And to that looser whiner dap clown, you should have listened to your wife that was standing behind you, poking you to shut your mouth on air.
Now you look like a pathetic cry baby and will not bode well.
Sorry for the rant....
I’ve been around horse racing my whole life and asking a guy how he had the opacity to screw up the narrative by daring to win is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen.
Maybe they should give the losers a participation trophy
What did he do? I didn't watch the post-race interviews.
(Mental note: Steal the word "beclowned")
He’s right. Horses that did not start the first two races should not be alowed to race the third. Been saying that for years
They meant the second biggest. lol
The difference in distances between the courses is significant. Chromie did fine and will pay back his owners many times over in the coming years. He is one of the very best horses around.
Would it have mattered to Secretariat? The Triple Crown is rare for a reason.
Did Chrome have a target on him? Damn right he did, that’s life.
Unusual name. Tonal-ist; one that creates a tone. Tongualist; One that causes use of tounge or talk.
Them’s the rules and they all know it going into the Belmont. If you think it's unfair, don't show up.
I came very close to giving it up after the Eight Belles and Barbaro tragedies.
The Triple Crown is not a real event....It consists of three INDEPENDENT races.
Would you limit the US Open only to players that play in The Masters?
It’s perfectly fair. It’s race has their own rules for qualification and always has. If owners REALLY want to win the Crown they’ll start homing their horse they think can contend at Belmont. Most Crown winners had stabled there, ALL had previously won there. It’s the longest hardest track, the horse needs to be up for it BEFORE the Derby or they will not win the Crown. Chrome’s owner should complain about himself, he didn’t properly prep the horse.
And if they do change the rules the Triple Crown becomes meaningless because they forced one to happen.
costas is a total waste of skin.
on another note, you probably saw the race. do you have any comment about the way Chrome’s jockey had him in perfect position on the inside and swung him off the rail completely to the outside ?
IMO that was a bad tactical mistake. Chrome looked real comfortable where he was and after the jockey moved him, he just wasn’t running the same he was up until then.
the horse just didn’t seem to like where he got moved to.
It's too bad CC's owner was so bitter. It's always better to be a gracious loser. He burned a lot of good will in a few seconds.
that was unfortunate and he will probably regret it after things calm down.
Exactly. That is why it is so hard to win the TC. You have fresh horses in a longer race.
But that is why a triple is so special. If it was easy anyone could do it.
Secretariats top rival was Sham...who ran all 3 races,,,Seattle Slews top rival was Sanhedrin...who ran all 3 races...and Alydar ran all 3 races against Affirmed...so, who knows.
There wouldn’t have been a fresh horse that would have defeated those three TC winners.
Could you imagine the crying if an NFL team allowed to sit out the playoffs was suddenly allowed to contend for the Super Bowl?
In the past most horses raced all 3 races. You didn't see spoilers coming in. Look at the Affirmed/Alydar duel. Those two battled all 3 races and the best horse won. This thing with sitting out races and spoiling the triple started sometime in the 80s. I can't remember the name of the horse, but I remember a Derby winner who was paid over a million dollars by an Arab sheikh to skip the Preakness. That was when it started.
Horseracing has been losing popularity for years and this is one of the reasons.
The Triple Crown is not a tournament, it is three independent events, just like the Golf and Tennis Grand Slams are separate independent tournaments. Each has its’ own criteria.
I can’t say. I was pulling for Cali Chrome like everyone else, and yes it looked off.
There is a lot of planning and strategy that goes into a season much less a big race. I thought he looked off about a third in. Was expecting a burst at the end but that’s a really long track.
But what an awesome horse.
Hopefully will see his sister out there soon.
As screwed up as America is right now, America needs a Seabiscit