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7:24 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

No Triple Crown This Year. Tonalist Wins the Belmont Stakes.

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Horse racing will have to wait more  for a Triple Crown winner.

Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, spoiling Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome's bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Tonalist beat Commissioner at the wire. Medal Count finished third, with California Chrome—the heavy favorite—and second betting choice Wicked Strong in a dead heat for fourth.

Related: Why Hasn't a Race Horse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?

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11:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown?

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We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why it's been decades since a horse has won it, and why the series may change to reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.

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Local News
12:01 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Who'll Win the Belmont Stakes? We Asked the Kentucky Derby's Oddsmaker.

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One of American sports' lingering questions may be answered in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon—when will a horse win the Triple Crown?

California Chrome will be the first horse since 2008 to even attempt the feat. (In '08, Big Brown didn't finish the Belmont Stakes; 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another scratched from the final Triple Crown leg.)

For serious fans, horse racing isn't necessarily a sentimental sport. Handicappers like to pick winners. 

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Local News
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Why Hasn't a Racehorse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?

California Chrome in Baltimore.
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Three racehorses won the Triple Crown in the 1970s, and none have won the ultimate thoroughbred distinction in the subsequent decades.  

Oh, contenders have tried. Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, 11 horses won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but failed to win the Belmont Stakes.

  California Chrome adds his name to one of those lists—champion or failed contender—on Saturday.

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1:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders

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Ten horses are expected to challenge California Chrome's bid Saturday to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Post positions and odds were set Wednesday in Elmont, New York. 

California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is the favorite at 3-5. Wicked Strong, the Derby fourth-place finisher, is the second choice at 6-1. 

Here are the runners, jockeys and odds for the 11 horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

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9:06 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Derby Champ California Chrome Leads 10-Horse Preakness Field

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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has been made the heavy 3-5 favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew a favorable post position in the 10-horse field.    

Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race.

Social Inclusion is the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post on Wednesday.

Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1.

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2:48 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

For the First Time Since '09, a Filly Will Run in the Preakness

A filly is going to run in the Preakness Stakes for the first time since 2009, when Rachel Alexandra won the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.    

Ria Antonia will be ridden by Calvin Borel, who guided Rachel Alexandra to victory.

Ria Antonia is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, where she has been training.

Trainer Tom Amoss says the idea to run the filly against the boys came from her owners.   He says she has passed all the tests to take on the challenge.

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Local News
7:27 am
Sun May 11, 2014

The Kentucky Derby Gate Crasher Crashed the Winner's Circle Again

Last year, Devin Katayama and I shared a story about Stephen Johnstone and his unique hobby.

Johnstone was a Kentucky Derby gate crasher. Eighteen times starting in 1963, Johnstone and friends would, for lack of a better word, con their way into the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle.

They never knew anyone affiliated with a winning horse or Churchill Downs. They had no business there. But there they were, just for kicks.

Last year, Johnstone told Devin he was retired from this business.

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7:52 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome Headed to Preakness Stakes

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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will head to Baltimore to race in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of American horseracing’s Triple Crown. Despite the elusive allure of the sport's grandest prize, California Chrome’s trainer, 77-year-old Art Sherman, is confident his horse has what it takes.

“I want to tell you something," Sherman said Saturday after the Derby. "I think California Chrome is the rock star, and I’m his manager, and I’m going all the way.”

There hasn't been a triple crown winner since Affirmed won it in 1978.

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Local News
7:43 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Photos: Wild Times in the Kentucky Derby Infield

The second-largest crowd ever to see a Kentucky Derby took advantage of a nice breezy day to drink, bet and generally get silly. As usual, much of the silliness happened in the Churchill Downs infield. We strolled through the masses to see the fun firsthand. Here's what was going on Saturday:

The so-called "Third Turn" would get packed with dancers as the day wore on. 

"Everybody comes out, everybody gets into it," said Jenna Wilber, post-limbo, on why she went to the Derby.

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