Claire Novak recaps Tonalist's victory in the 2014 Belmont Stakes, including comments from his trainer Christophe Clement, and comments from the connections of the beaten favorite California Chrome. Watch Video
California Chrome, who dead-heated for fourth in Belmont Stakes, returns to his barn. Watch Video
The entire card on Belmont Stakes Day is far too important to let distractions involving a semi-plausible future with the two of you skipping through fields of poppies creep in.
California Chrome being bathed after going to track at 5:30 on Belmont Stakes Day. Watch Video
Join the ranks of those who have tracked the shooting star journey of California Chrome. You don't have to like him. You can even pick against. But what would you do if this time, the hype turned out to be real?
As the Belmont Stakes approaches, Claire Novak and Scott Tracy tell the story of Alan Sherman, Art Sherman's son and assistant trainer who has traveled extensively with Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome. Watch Video
California Chrome schooled in the paddock and galloped at Belmont Park June 6, one day before his chance to make history in the Belmont Stakes by winning the Triple Crown.
"Most likely (California Chrome) will be in front of us early on," said Rajiv Maragh, rider of Wicked Strong. "...We'll have to go by in the stretch. I've had a couple of dreams the last few nights that I pass him.
The transcript for the June 6 Live Chat is now available.
An American Horse Council program is encouraging all horse operations to use the buzz from a potential Triple Crown winner to introduce racing and equestrian sports to new owners.
California Chrome, going to the track after visiting the paddock June 6. watch video
Ride On Curlin will be making his 12th career start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as owner Dan Dougherty enjoys the journey with his $25,000 yearling purchase who has already banked more than $700,000 and continues to thrive.
If anyone knows how tough it is to sweep the Triple Crown, it's Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer came within a heartbeat of winning it twice, with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998.
Barclay Tagg, trainer of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, discusses the distractions and pitfalls of Belmont week as California Chrome nears his run to become racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Dual classic winner California Chrome drew post position 2 and was installed the 3-5 morning-line favorite for his attempt at the coveted Triple Crown when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The largest maker of the human version of the nasal strip, GlaxoSmithKline, hopes to grab some attention for its Breathe Right nasal strips at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park.
Ron Sanchez of Rontos Stable explains why Social Inclusion will not run in Belmont Stakes. watch video
There will be no shortage of farms willing to take a chance on the modestly bred colt if he wins the Triple Crown.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome went for a slow and easy gallop over the main track at Belmont Park June 3, with trainer Art Sherman on hand to watch after arriving from California the previous day.
Footwear company SKECHERS has signed on to sponsor California Chrome, who will shoot for the Triple Crown June 7 at Belmont Park.
A historical look at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel of the Triple Crown. view infographic
As much as his human opponents would love to see a Triple Crown, they still must go out and try their darndest to spoil the party. read blog
NBC Sports Group will offer 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), more than double the number of hours initially scheduled. Coverage includes other grade I races from Belmont Park.
California Chrome schools in paddock and goes to the track at Belmont Park on June 3, 2014. watch video
- By Frank Angst
- Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park, he would become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner and just the fourth horse bred outside of Kentucky to sweep the three classics.
Trainer Art Sherman and co-owners Steve and Carolyn Coburn arrived at Belmont Park June 2 to check on their Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner, California Chrome.
California Chrome owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn are no doubt getting to know the surreal conditions of becoming instant celebrities as their horse attempts to win the long-vacated Triple Crown at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak reports from Belmont Park on Social Inclusion possibly running in the Woody Stevens, California Chrome, Kid Cruz, Beholder and Close Hatches. watch video
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve grazes Monday, June 2 at Belmont Park. watch video
The status of Social Inclusion for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) remained uncertain June 2 after the Pioneerof the Nile colt acted up while schooling in the gate at Belmont Park.
Evan Hammonds examines Seattle Slew's Belmont Stakes and compares his racing style to that of California Chrome. Compare footage from Seattle Slew's Belmont win and California Chrome's first two victories in the Triple Crown. watch video
Watch footage of Ride On Curlin breezing at Belmont Park June 1. watch video
Watch footage of Belmont Stakes contender Wicked Strong work June 1. watch video
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent two 3-year-olds he is pointing toward the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to the Belmont Park training track along with stablemates Palace Malice and Princess of Sylmar.
Two of the greatest moments on the Triple Crown trail came courtesy of Afleet Alex and Tapit. read blog
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome gets new shoes from Judd Fisher before the Belmont Stakes (gr.I). Watch Video
It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome schooled in the Belmont Park paddock for the first time May 29 before proceeding to gallop two miles on the main track.
Josie Delfino, owner of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrant Wildcat Red is the latest industry member to speak out about her recent experience at Churchill Downs.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome May 28 picked back up where he left off the previous day, showing the same eagerness he displayed when galloping his customary two-mile circuit.
Owner Spendthrift Farm said May 27 that Medal Count, a troubled eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is being pointed to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 7.
Review the history of winners for the official and unofficial filly Triple Crown. view slideshow
The connections of Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed all feel Chrome is the one.
Triple Crown contender California Chrome had his connections raving about his form following his two-mile gallop May 27 at Belmont Park.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, whose Danza was third in the Kentucky Derby, has purchased Coolmore and partners' Peter Pan fourth-place finisher Matterhorn.
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman declared "all systems go" for Triple Crown contender California Chrome after watching the 3-year-old colt gallop two miles at Belmont Park shortly after 6 a.m. (EDT) May 26.
Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) winner Tonalist took to the Belmont Park track early the morning of May 25, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.66 in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Several horses slated to challenge dual classic winner California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 are scheduled to breeze this weekend at Belmont Park.
Fostering a superstition born on the first stop of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park presented the connections of California Chrome with two saddlecloths upon his arrival.
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