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I was extremely disappointed when I saw what happened---I could hardly believe it. Like many others, I had believed in California Chrome. I was with him every step of the race hoping that he would be the next Affirmed or Secretariat. He came so close. Yet even though he did join the ranks of Smarty Jones and other Triple Crown near-misses, I still think he is an amazing horse with lots of heart. His rags to riches fairy tale type story is still one that will be remembered by Americans for decades to come. It has been 36 long years since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown, and more years will pass, yet one thing California Chrome did give racing fans and non fans alike was hope. Hope that perhaps the Triple Crown still is possible. Despite the fact that he didn't make it, he will still be remembered as a racing hero, at least in my mind.
One of California Chrome's owners, Steve Coburn says the following,“I will never see another Triple Crown winner in my life because of the way they do this. It isn’t fair to these horses who have been in it from day one.” Tonalist had raced in neither the Preakness or the Derby, so he was fresh, unlike Chrome who had ran in three races over a mile long in the past five weeks. As usual, the Belmont lives up to its nickname, "The Test of Champions." What are your thought's on Coburn's remarks? In a way, I can see where he is coming from but I'm not sure if they should change the Triple Crown's rules.