2014 Preakness Stakes: People watch the rest for the action, but also to see if there is a chance that history could be made in the near future.
Will someone have a chance to win the Triple Crown for the first time in over three decades at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 7? Horse racing fans will be glad to hear the answer–yes!
California Chrome–the winner of the Kentucky Derby in early May–won the 139th running if the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore Saturday.
“It is an awesome feeling to be able to have a horse like California Chrome,” jockey Victor Espinoza told NBC Sports after the race. “It was just a crazy race … I got more tired mentally than physically riding him. But it worked out well, and he’s just an amazing horse.”
Chrome becomes one of 47 horses that have ever won two of thee three legs of the triple crown. Of those, 34 of them won the first two legs and just 11 have gone on to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. The last horse to win all three was Affirmed in 1978.
Since than 11 horses went in to the Belmont with a chance at winning the Triple Crown only to fall short.[NESN]