On Saturday many eyes of the sporting world will be on Belmont Park in Elmont, NY to watch and see if California Chrome can win the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown has not been one since 1978, despite there being eleven chances for it to happen. Tom Durkin has called each of them, and the New York Times produced a wonderful video capturing each of Durkn’s calls on the missed attempts.
The Belmont Stakes is a test of endurance on many levels. The first aspect is that for a horse who will be trying to win the Triple Crown, it will be the first time a horse will go a mile and a half. It will also be his third race in five weeks, something that is generally not done in today’s racing world.
My hope is we get a triple crown winner. California Chrome is the needle in the haystack. A foal from an $8,000 mare bred to a horse with a $2,500 stallion fee proves anything is still possible in horse racing.