146th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park
California Chrome will go to the post around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday as the deserving favorite in this year’s Belmont Stakes in New York. More importantly, he will attempt to become the twelfth Triple Crown winner in American racing history. Since Affirmed became the eleventh Triple Crown winner thirty-six years ago, a dozen colts have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but failed to win the Belmont.
Ride on Curlin, along with General a Rod, are the only Belmont entries that have faced California Chrome in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Ride on Curlin, after a determined performance in the Derby, looked like he might catch Chrome in the stretch of the Preakness but settled for second, less than two lengths from the winner.