Tonalist wins Belmont Stakes, favorite California Chrome ties for 4th
ELMONT, N.Y. (PIX11/AP) — There was no coronation at Belmont Park Saturday.
Hope for the first Triple Crown in 36 years vanished as Tonalist raced past favorite and Crown hopeful California Chrome to win 146th running of the Belmont Stakes.
Jockey Joel Rosario led the 3-year-old Tonalist down the 1 1/2-mile dirt track and across the finish line by a whisker, in a time of 2:28.52.
Tonalist entered the race with 8-1 odds. California Chrome was the favorite to win, with 3-5 odds.
After having won two grueling races in five weeks, Chrome finished far back in a tie for fourth. The result means the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion in history is extended.
California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza lost the 1 1/2-mile race on a hot day at Belmont Park, where tens of thousands of fans were packed in hoping to see history. It was not to be, leaving Affirmed as the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978.