6:56 PM Jun 8, 2014
California Chrome (2), with Victor Espinoza up, and Medal Count, with Robby Albarado up, early in the 146th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Saturday, June 7, 2014. California Chrome came up short in search of the first Triple Crown in 36 years. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
ELMONT, N.Y. (MCT) – To win the Triple Crown, there's no margin for error and no room for misfortune. California Chrome's long run of good luck ended Saturday when he suffered a hoof injury leaving the gate and dead-heated for fourth before a crowd of 102,199 in the Belmont Stakes. For the 36th consecutive year, racing's most coveted trophy went unclaimed.
5:51 PM May 4, 2014
California Chrome with Victor Espinoza up crosses the finish line to win ithe 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, May 3, 2014. (Ron Garrison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (MCT) – Thoroughbreds live outside the natural law that decrees survival of the fittest. Without selective breeding that began in the 17th century, they would not exist. These magnificent creatures are more fragile than the dreams they carry on ankles the size of a man's wrist.