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No Triple Crown Winner This Year

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  Tonalist wins as California Chrome fades
   NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome looked pretty good for about a mile and a-quarter Saturday afternoon. Too bad the Belmont Stakes is a mile and a-half race.
Affirmed remains the last Triple-Crown winner after California Chrome faded and finished in a tie for fourth at Belmont Park. Tonalist kicked strongly in the final strides and edged Commissioner by a head to finish in 2:28:52.
California Chrome was trying to become the first Triple-Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. He broke quickly but was pressed immediately by Commissioner and General a Rod before jockey Victor Espinoza eased California Chrome back into third along the rail. California Chrome was maneuvered to the outside and remained there as he approached the final turn. Esponiza went to the whip but got no response from California Chrome, who finished tied for fourth.
Tonalist went off at 9-1 and paid $20.40, $9.60 and $7. Commissioner returned $23.20 and $13.20. Medal Count paid $13.20 as the show horse.
California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn complained that some of the horses sat out some races and were entered just to knock out his horse, calling it "the coward's way out."
California Chrome sustained a bloody gash to his right front foot during the race, an injury that may have hurt his chances. Photos taken while the horse was walking back to the barn after his loss in the third leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday show the injured hoof.
 It isn't clear when the injury happened, but the colt's camp says it's not serious.

Associated Press

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