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California Chrome falls short of Triple Crown
California Chrome falls short of Triple Crown

From the moment California Chrome left the starting gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, Victor Espinoza felt something amiss. "He was not the same," the veteran jockey said. In the last five weeks, the chestnut colt with a white blaze on his nose made the improbable routine. Bred for only $10,000 in a sport awash in millions and given a name drawn from a hat, he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The ending to California Chrome's unlikely journey to the Belmont Stakes and the cusp of the Triple Crown seemed almost preordained. If a horse with such humble origins could win the first two legs, why not the final one to end the 36-year search for another Triple Crown...

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