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Jockey Victor Espinoza about California Chrome: 'He was not the same'
Jockey Victor Espinoza about California Chrome: 'He was not the same'

From the start of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, California Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza felt something was off with his mount.“I noticed as soon as he came out of the gate that he was not the same,” Espinoza said.California Chrome tied for fourth place at Belmont, after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown.“He was just a little bit empty today,” Espinoza said.The Triple Crown disappointment is familiar. In 2002, Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard War Emblem, who stumbled out of the gate at Belmont and placed eighth.Espinoza believed this year’s Belmont was more difficult because of horses, like winner Tonalist, who sat out the first two legs of...

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