California Chrome's bid for US racing's coveted Triple Crown was crushed Saturday as Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes.
It has now been 36 years since Affirmed became the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown, a drought that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome couldn't end as he finished equal fourth.
Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Art Sherman, was the 13th horse since the 1978 sweep by Affirmed to capture the first two jewels of the crown but come up empty at the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, dubbed the "Test of the Champion."
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