My Opinion

This Saturday California Chrome tries to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the triple crown of racing by winning the Belmont Stakes.I saw Affirmed win that day in a nose to nose race with Alydar. Who would’ve thought it would be 36 years later and no horse has done it.Spectacular Bid finished 3rd in 79,Pleasant Colony 3rd in 81,Sunday Silence came in 2nd to Easy Goer in 89,then  you have to go to 1997-99 when Silver Charm,Real Quiet and Charismatic finished 2nd,2nd and 3rd respectively.Funnycide was 3rd in 2003 and Smarty Jones came in 2nd to Birdstone in 04.Big Brown did not finish in 2008 and I’ll Have Another did not start in 2012.I have always maintained that the mile and a half of the Belmont is the toughest in all of racing.Many a horse has won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to be thwarted by the most challenging race a horse can run.It’s not called the “Test of Champions”for nothing.So all I can say is good luck California Chrome because you are about to run a race that will either make you immortal or just another horse that got swallowed up by the the mile and a half monster of Belmont.That’s my opinion.

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