Previous Eleven Triple Crown Attempts
|Year||Derby / Preakness Winner||Post Time Odds||Finish||Belmont Winner||Post Time Odds||Field Size|
|1989||Sunday Silence||9/10||2nd||Easy Goer||3/2||10|
|1997||Silver Charm||Even||2nd||Touch Gold||5/2||7|
|1998||Real Quiet||4/5||2nd||Victory Gallop||9/2||11|
|1999||Charismatic||3/2||3rd||Lemon Drop Kid||30-1||12|
|2003||Funny Cide||Even||3rd||Empire Maker||2-1||6|
|2008||Big Brown||3/10||DNF||Da' Tara||38-1||9|
Nobody knows for sure how likely California Chrome’s chances are to win the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. If you believe the hype his chances are pretty damn good and he’s certain to go off at odds on. If you review the table above, you’ll see his task is incredibly daunting. Which would of course make a California Chrome victory on Saturday all the more impressive.
He could very well be a special horse that comes around once every few decades. Or not. One of the many things that make horse racing so enthralling is it’s natural unpredictability. While this weekend there will be money won and lost by serious handicappers and casual fans alike, I encourage everyone to step back and savor the anticipation, the excitement, and relish in the unexpected.