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California Chrome Fails In Bid For Triple Crown

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California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza, walks down the track after losing the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza, walks down the track after losing the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — California Chrome has failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years.

Official results of the race are pending, but the Yuba City chesnut finished well behind the lead. It appears that Tonalist crossed first.

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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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