Belmont Stakes 146

View the dramatic images during the unfolding of the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Stakes 146 is already a historic event, but will the race present a Triple Crown winner?

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockey Victor Espinoza sits atop California Chrome as the field leaves the paddock and heads towards the starting gate for the 146th Belmont Stakes Saturday evening June 7, 2014 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

California Chrome walks in the post parade.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

And they're off in the Belmont Stakes, third jewel of the Triple Crown.

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California Chrome (left) and Matterhorn bump at the start of the Belmont Stakes.

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California Chrome, center with jockey Victor Espinoza, stumbles at the start of the Belmont Stakes.

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WinStar Farm's Commissioner went for the early lead from post 8 and was able to dictate the early pace while being tracked by General a Rod, Tonalist, and California Chrome, who took a position inside behind the leaders. The early fractions were mild; :24.06 for the opening quarter-mile and :48.52 for the half-mile.

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California Chrome (#2), with jockey Victor Espinoza, moves toward the lead early in the Belmont Stakes.

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The Belmont Stakes field during the final turn.

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California Chrome attempts to move up and pass the Belmont Stakes field.

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Commissioner maintained the lead through six furlongs in 1:12.84 as Tonalist and General a Rod swapped positions just behind the leader. Jockey Victor Espinoza then was forced to go around the leaders through one mile in 1:37.13.

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On the turn Tonalist was met by a rallying Medal Count. Several other runners had a chance as they turned for home after 10 furlongs in 2:02.43.

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Commissioner, after opening a clear advantage, held resolute along the rail and was caught in the final few jumps by Tonalist, who was ridden by Joel Rosario.

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"He was going easy," jockey Joel Rosario said of Tonalist. "I didn't want to be too far behind. When I got to the three-eighths pole I was a little confident. I was worried a little bit turning for home, but he started picking them up."

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Tonalist, second from left, out duels the rest of the field.

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Tonalist leads late in the final stretch as the Belmont Stakes field approaches the finish line.

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Tonalist was bred by Rene and Lauren Woolcott, whose 240-acre Woodslane Farm near The Plains, Va. Also: Originally into steeplechasing, they got involved with Thoroughbreds in 2006 and they purchased Settling Mist at the 2007 Keeneland November sale through agent Patrick Lawley-Wakelin.

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Commissioner gains ground and challenges Tonalist at the wire.

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Tonalist and Commissioner battled to the wire...

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with Robert Evan's Tonalist rallying late to edge Commissioner to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). California Chrome, bidding for the Triple Crown, finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong behind Medal Count.

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The time for the 12 furlongs in the $1.5 million event was 2:28.52. Tonalist, a son of Tapit out of Settling Mist, by Pleasant Colony, was bred in Kentucky by Woodslane Farm.

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Trainer Christophe Clement holds Tonalist in the Winner's Circle.

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The garland of Carnations adorns Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes Winner's Circle.

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Jockey Joel Rosario is greeted by well wishers after winning the 146th Belmont Stakes.

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Tonalist owner Robert Evans, right, with family and friends following their win at big sandy.

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Robert Evans, left, accepts the winner's trophy from Governor Andrew Cuomo after Tonalist wins the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

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The complete order of finish was Tonalist, Commissioner, Medal Count, California Chrome (dead-heat), Wicked Strong (dead-heat), Samraat, General a Rod, Matterhorn, Commanding Curve, Matuszak, and Ride On Curlin.

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California Chrome, with jockey Victor Espinoza, returns to be unsaddled after finishing fourth in the 146th Belmont Stakes June 7, 2014 at Belmont Park.

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Victor Espinoza walks off the track following California Chrome's third place finish.

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Trainer Alan Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza reflect on California Chrome's performance at the post Belmont Stakes press conference.

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Jockey Joel Rosario is all smiles at the Belmont Stakes post race press conference.

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Trainer Christophe Clement at the Belmont Stakes post race press conference.

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Tonalist will be written in history as he wins Belmont Stakes 146. California Chrome will join the ranks of Triple Crown near misses.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

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