Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only challengers who’ve chased California Chrome through each leg of his quest for the first Triple Crown since 1978. But as he tries to complete the historic feat at Belmont Park, the chestnut colt will face an array of potential threats. Each horse will arrive backed by some narrative explaining why he could be the one to spoil the coronation.
And although rival trainers all say California Chrome is the best horse, they still hold out hope he might falter in New York. They’ve watched too many fast horses lose steam down the stretch of the 1 ½- mile race to think it’s impossible. – Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun