After Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, California Chrome ties for 4th at Belmont
After much build-up and anticipation, California Chrome’s bid to win horse racing’s Triple Crown in 36 years fell short Saturday afternoon.
The horse, co-owned by Topaz resident Steve Coburn, became the biggest story of the year thus far in the sports world after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
California Chrome was the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes Saturday and opened up in second, but fell back early on in the race. Tonalist, projected as a longshot, pushed ahead for the victory, edging out Commissioner.
The horse was back as far as fifth before charging into a tie for fourth at the finish. Photos posted to the California Chrome Facebook page after the race showed that the horse suffered a cut on his front right foot coming out of the gates that may have impacted his performance.
Watch parties around Carson Valley had been organized and several local establishments were packed to the brim with spectators.
At Hamdogs Restaurant, a frequent stop for the Coburns, patrons cheered throughout the race, falling silent at its finish.
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