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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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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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California Chrome Friday Morning Update [VIDEO]

BELMONT PARK-- 104.5 The Team's Joe Bianchino details California Chrome's Friday morning walk through:

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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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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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John Velazquez And Palace Malice Steal Saratoga Show

It was another gorgeous day at historic Saratoga Race Course and the fans filed in early.  What would they see?  History and a Triple Crown race winner steal the show.

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Orb Draws Rail For Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner and Triple Crown threat Orb drew post-position #1 and the rail for the upcoming Preakness in Maryland.  What does this mean?  Let's take a look at why it matters, why it doesn't matter and a final thought.  

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Orb’s Triple Crown Chances

Orb won the Kentucky Derby.  Right after that, whenever any horse wins, you will hear horse racing fans say, "Well, this horse has a great chance to win the Triple Crown."  Well of course it does.  You have to win the Derby in order to win The Preakness in order to win the Belmont Stakes.  But Orb really does have an awesome chance, and here are the reasons why.  

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Union Rags Wins Belmont Stakes

In the looming shadow of I'll Have Another's absence, it was Union Rags coming along the rail to claim the 2012 Belmont Stakes.

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Belmont Stakes: Race Predictions & What to Bet After I’ll Have Another’s Scratch

Following the crushing scratch of I'll Have Another just a day ahead of what was supposed to be a historic race, what should you expect from, and whom should you bet on in, this now eleven horse field? Check it out below.

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I’ll Have Another Scratches From Belmont

In a shocking and downright depressing turn of events, I'll Have Another - the Triple Crown hopeful - has scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

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