Robert S. Evans' Tonalist was making just his fifth lifetime start in Saturday's 146th edition of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes but that didn't stop the Tapit colt from running down Commissioner to post a head win in the "Test of the Champion."
Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome will break from post 2 in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, where he will aim to end the Triple Crown drought that racing fans have endured since Affirmed's conquest in 1978. The flashy chestnut has been installed as the 3-5 favorite to make history in the 1 1/2-mile classic at Belmont Park, both the oldest and longest of the jewels of the Triple Crown.
California Chrome continued to strut his stuff in Saturday's $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, posting a comfortable 1 1/2-length decision, and the phenomenal three-year-old can become only the 12th Thoroughbred to capture Triple Crown when he lines up for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.
"He's an amazing horse," jockey Victor Espinoza said.