5 Reasons Why California Chrome Will Win the Triple Crown

5 Reasons Why California Chrome Will Win Triple Crown

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The world will be watching Saturday, June 7 as California Chrome attempts to join the immortal horse racing pantheon of Triple Crown winners and snap a 36-year drought. The naysayers are plenty, but Chrome is undoubtedly the most talented horse in the Belmont Stakes field. He has the greatest chance since Real Quiet in 1998 and Smarty Jones in 2004 to do what seems impossible. Here are five reasons why California Chrome will win the Triple Crown

5. Weak Competition

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5. Weak Competition

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Let’s get the elephant out of the room early and acknowledge that in recent years, the quality of 3-year-old crops have severely diminished. There is just too much emphasis on resting and breeding horses than actually racing them, so fields get watered down. Winning the Triple Crown will still be an amazing achievement, but there is no Sham, Easy Goer or Alydar challenging Chrome.

4. Belmont Park

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4. Belmont Park

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While a little bit of luck is needed to win the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont usually comes down to stamina and endurance. The track is huge, the fields are smaller and there is plenty of room for Chrome to avoid trouble and run his race. As long as he gets a clean break out of the gate, Belmont’s sheer size will afford him every opportunity to make history if he is good enough.

3. Running Style

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3. Running Style

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Chrome is a relaxed stalker and that bodes well. He isn’t a speed ball like War Emblem, doesn’t need to fight for the lead like Smarty Jones and won’t be a steroid casualty like Big Brown. Sitting mid-pack, he avoids suicide pace scenarios, tiring from challenging the leaders and has enough to hold off late-running closers. He has “push button” speed, so when his jockey asks, it’s usually goodnight and good luck to the competition.

2. Victor Espinoza

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2. Victor Espinoza

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Espinoza has been here before, in 2002 with War Emblem, who stumbled out of the gate and eventually finished 8th. He is unlikely to succumb to the pressure, avoids troubled runs and is looking for redemption with a horse he is undefeated on. They seem like a perfect tandem and Chrome is willing to do whatever Espinoza asks of him. They have never seriously been challenged and if they are, Espinoza will know what to do.

1. Talent

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1. Talent

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People can ridicule his modest pedigree, his trainer and novice owners, but Chrome has put the horse racing elitists on notice. He has won more races, eight, than most of his competition has ran. He is on a six-race win streak, undefeated in 2014 and hasn’t lost to any horse in the field. He is a calm, battle tested horse who won’t be bothered by any suicidal racing tactics that cost Smarty Jones.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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  • OleHippieChick

    Will California Chrome win the Belmont Stakes and the T.C.? We’ll find out Saturday afternoon, and not before.