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California Chrome Denied Coveted Triple Crown

Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome after arriving at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, May 20, 2014.
California Chrome, the horse favored to capture U.S. racing's Triple Crown, has failed to win the coveted title at the 146th Belmont Stakes in New York.

Tonalist, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, sprinted across the finish line first Saturday. Commissioner was second and Medal Count third. California Chrome tied for fourth place with Wicked Strong.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes last month, California Chrome was bidding to become just the 12th horse to achieve the feat — regarded as the ultimate challenge in American racing. The last winner of the title was Affirmed in 1978.

The 2,400-meter Belmont Stakes is the longest and most gruelling of the three races and has proven too much for most Triple Crown contenders.

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