Most of us don’t remember seeing the last time there was a Triple Crown winner. The legendary Affirmed was the last to pull off the feat way back in 1978. This year the hope of another Triple Crown winner maybe the highest it has ever been in over 35 years.
All thanks to California Chrome.
Breathe Easy. California Chrome arrives in New York's Belmont Park following his recent victory at Preakness. » pic.twitter.com/MFz6ftEVGN
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Although trainer Art Sherman hasn’t seen California Chrome since winning the Preakness Stakes, he is confident that that the 3-year-old won’t fall to the distance at Belmont Stakes on June 7 and become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
“I’m more confident coming into this race than any other race,” the 77-year-old trainer said on a national teleconference Thursday. “I really think he’s the real McCoy. They’re going to see a champion. I hope he wins the Triple Crown.”
If you’re new to the sport and don’t know much about its rich history, then you may not know just how hard it is to actually win the Triple Crown – or how many other championship-caliber pedigrees have failed in their respective bids to claim horse racing immortality by winning the coveted Triple Crown.
Well, thanks to this informative article on the odds surrounding heavy Belmont Stakes favorite California Chrome, horse racing betting enthusiasts everywhere will find out firsthand just how tough it will be for the masterful mount to bring home the bacon at the third and final leg of the annual Triple Crown.
When California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes earlier this month, he became the 34th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Out of the previous 33 horses to pull this feat off, only 11 have actually managed to win the Triple Crown. Heading into this year’s big race, horse betting aficionados should know that each of the last dozen horses with a shot to win the Triple Crown have all fallen short.
So, historically speaking, California Chrome has a 33.0 percent chance of winning the 2014 Belmont Stakes, which doesn’t sound particularly overwhelming if you ask me. Nevertheless, I don’t think there’s more than two or three mounts at most that have a legitimate shot to beat him.