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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

California Chrome on Kentucky Derby day.
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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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6:44 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

California Chrome Wins the Preakness Stakes

California Chrome earlier this year.
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California Chrome has taken another step toward becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978's Affirmed.

The Kentucky Derby winner outran nine other contenders Saturday to take the 139th Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. California Chrome, a heavy favorite, was followed by Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion.

California Chrome is the 13th horse since Affirmed to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The last Triple Crown contender after two races was I'll Have Another, who dropped out of the 2012 Belmont Stakes with an injury.

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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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7:52 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome Headed to Preakness Stakes

Art Sherman
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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
7:09 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Draws Rail Position for Preakess Stakes

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb has drawn the rail in Saturday's Preakness and has been installed an overwhelming even-money favorite in the nine-horse race.

Orb will seek to keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Orb won the Derby by 2½ lengths as the betting favorite. The brown colt is looking for his sixth straight victory as part of the smallest Preakness field since 2007.

Govenor Charlie, trained by Bob Baffert, was added to the list Wednesday for the 1 3/16th-mile race.

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