(NEW YORK) — So much for making history.
Heavily-favored California Chrome failed Saturday to complete horse racing’s Triple Crown, finishing the Belmont Stakes tied for fourth place, behind winner Tonalist.
Commissioner and Medal Count finished in second and third position, respectively.
Meanwhile, California Chrome’s co-owner, Steve Coburn, is taking heat for saying right after the race that the winner’s owners took “the coward’s way” by skipping the first two races to compete fresh in the Belmont Stakes.
Asked by ABC News Sunday whether he would recant his accusation, Coburn remained defiant, saying, “Not only no, but hell no. I do not regret it one bit. It’s the truth.”
In May, California Chrome won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, becoming the 34th horse to accomplish that feat and putting him in prime position to achieve one of the sporting world’s most cherished accomplishments.
However, the Belmont Stakes, the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1.5 miles, proved too much for the three-year-old colt to handle.
Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, California Chrome became the 13th horse to win the first two races of the Triple Crown. None of them however were able to complete the trifecta.
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