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Not Meant To Be

Posted by on 6/9/2014 10:18:08 PM

The dream was shattered for California Chrome Saturday as Tonalist spoiled the Triple Crown party with a clever head victory over Commissioner with Medal Count another length back in third in the Belmont Stakes.

Wide in his debut, Tonalist has now won 3 of 4 since with a second and his tactical speed style will put him in position to win a to of races in his career.

Hung 4 wide early Tonalist was about a length behind at after a mile and was second a head to Commissioner at the top of the lane. He got to lugging late but won in game style. Javier Castellano gave Commissioner a good chance, making the pace and nearly pulling off the 28-1 shocker.

Medal Count bobbled early, rallied wide, settled for the third money of $150,000.

The odds-on favorite California Chrome stumbled early but settled nicely, was about 2 lengths out of the lead with a furlong to go and just could not go on while Wicked Strong was closer up than usual and did not have his normal furious kick. In the prior 2 Classic races, Chrome opened up and made them come get him late but he was obviously spent.

After the race, it was evident that California Chrome was bleeding on his right foot and at the break Matterhorn stepped on California Chrome???s foot coming out of the gate. That was one of the reasons he could not quicken in time.

The 36-year drought of a Triple Crown winner now continues but takes nothing away from the winner.

Tonalist has a huge future as he was making just his 5th start. He was pointing toward the Wood Memorial but sustained a bruised foot, which knocked him out of the Kentucky Derby. Joel Rosario gave Tonalist a tremendous ride. He kept him outside and away from trouble because a big horse, he???s 17 hands, he has a hard time getting going again if he gets stopped.

As far as the Belmont time is concerned, know this. Last year Palace Malice, who won the Belmont Stakes and proved it was no fluke by winning 5 times since including the Met Mile last Saturday at Belmont, ran his Belmont Stakes in 2:30.70 and earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure.

Tonalist recorded a 100 Beyer and his final time of 2:28.52 was the fastest since Summer Bird was clocked in 2:27.54.

But they say time is only important to those guys in jail doing time and compared to the final time in the Brooklyn, run earlier on the Saturday card at Belmont and Tonalist???s time comes better into focus.

Both races have similar interior fractions, but Normbega, the winner of the Brooklyn, which enlisted slightly above average older horses, was clocked in 2:27.13.

The smart guys continues to say horse racing is dead but the fans that put $90.3 million down on the Belmont Stakes were not shy. That figure was nearly 33% more than what was bet in 2004 when Smarty Jones was thwarted in his Triple Crown bid.

The total Belmont Stakes Day handle of $150.3 million was 35% more than the prior mark.

And the beat goes on.


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