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California Chrome Loss Good For Horse Racing

Everyone wanted California Chrome to win on Saturday.

Hardly anyone in the world – save for those who had a personal or financial stake in the colt’s opposition – was rooting against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

We all wanted to see history made.  We all wanted the 36-year drought broken.

But maybe we shouldn’t have wanted that.  Maybe, when California Chrome turned for home with nothing left in the tank and finished tied for fourth, we got lucky.

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Does California Chrome’s Owner Regret Comments? ‘Hell No’ [VIDEO]

Moments after the Belmont, California Chrome's co-owner Steve Coburn said "it was a coward's way out" for owners to run their horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown after not competing in either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes. Less than twenty four hours later, he wasn't backing down.

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California Chrome’s Owner With Controversial Post-Race Comments

It was moments after his horse, California Chrome, lost the Belmont and all Triple Crown hopes. But does co-owner Steve Coburn wish he would've taken a walk first before reacting this way?

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Disappointment Reigns as California Chrome Loses Triple Crown Bid

This wasn't supposed to happen.

On a gorgeous Long Island day - with over 100,000 bearing witness, with the last three jockeys to win the Triple Crown there to give their blessing - this wasn't supposed to happen.

California Chrome wasn't supposed to lose.  This rags-to-riches story wasn't supposed to end in disappointment.  It didn't deserve that.

But then again, none of this was ever supposed to happen, anyway.  

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Four Expectations for Saturday

Horse racing is all about expectation.  What do you expect to happen, and how much can you profit off it if you're right.  Here are four things to expect on Belmont Day.

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Belmont Stakes Friday Notes

After three weeks of building crescendo, the anticipation for the Belmont Stakes is just about ready to hit fever pitch.  In just a little over 24 hours, California Chrome will take to the Belmont Park track and run for his shot at history, racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

Today, with the park itself, it seems, echoing his name, Chrome stepped out onto "Big Sandy" to do some of his final prep work.  Here are some observations from the morning:

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Belmont Stakes Preview Part II

For longer than I'd care to discuss, I've been sitting here trying to think of something profound with which to open.  Something significant.  Something deep.

After all, I may well be penning this column on the eve of history, and I'm certainly doing it at the apex of a months-long crescendo.  My sense of nostalgia tells me I should honor that.

Philosophy eludes me on this night, though. And maybe that's for the best.  I doubt very much that the connections who labeled themselves dumbasses would have much use for Socrates.  Maybe they'd just rather me tell them about their horse's race on Saturday - how a wildcard pace could make all the difference, how it may all come down to guts, or how an old foe might be one standing between him and history.

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Belmont Day One Observations

It took 25 years and a Triple Crown threat to get me to Belmont Park, but earlier today I made the two and a half hour trek down to Long Island to begin a weekend's worth of coverage as California Chrome races for his sports first Triple Crown in 36 years.

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Belmont Stakes Preview Part I

The Triple Crown has become like the quest for the Holy Grail. Many have sought it, most have never came close, and the few who got within arm's length let it slip through their delicate German fingers.

For 36 years the Triple Crown has gone unclaimed. Will that streak be extended to 37? Or do we finally have one worthy of its splendor? California Chrome has looked the part in his Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, but the Belmont's mile and a half run is a different beast.

Can he tame it? What will his competition have to say about the matter? Let's find out.

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Will California Chrome Come To Saratoga?

For most, the three races of the Triple Crown represent the entirety of the horse racing season.

For those in this area, though, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont are just preludes to those 40 days of racing off the Northway's exit 14 - a first look at the marquee horses who will be running in Saratoga's biggest races.

The majority of those looks, this year, of course, have been pointed in California Chrome's direction - the colt who won both the Derby and Preakness in impressive fashion and who enters the Belmont with a chance to win racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

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Preakness Stakes – Predictions and Who To Bet

Ahead of the Preakness, it’s a similar story – just multiplied.  It’s California Chrome, a Grand Canyon sized hole, then the rest.

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Previewing the Preakness Field

You don't often hear a lot of talk about sex appeal in regard to horses.

Except in big time horse races; races like the Preakness.

Just maybe not this year's edition.

Ten horses will take to the Pimlico Starting gate on Saturday, with only two under 10/1 on the morning line, and only one of that pair entering off a win.  That horse is, of course, California Chrome - the reigning Kentucky Derby champion, prohibitive 3/5 favorite, and the horse of the race.

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