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Large field expected to face Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome in Belmont Stakes

By NYRA Press Office | 05/18/2014 01:20 PM ET
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Victor Espinoza & California Chrome
PHOTO/Benoit Photo

A large, competitive contingent of challengers is expected to face California Chrome when he attempts to become thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 at Belmont Park.
 
Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby, and Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Preakness, are slated to take on California Chrome again in the Belmont Stakes.
 
Also exiting the Derby and aiming for a start in the Belmont are Danza (third), Wicked Strong (fourth), Samraat (fifth), and Intense Holiday (12th).
 
Social Inclusion, third in the Preakness, is expected to join the Belmont Stakes field, as is Kid Cruz, eighth in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
 
The provisional Belmont Stakes field also includes Tonalist and Commissioner, the respective top two finishers in Belmont Park's Grade 2 Peter Pan.
 
"We want to congratulate the connections of California Chrome, who has distinguished himself as an elite 3-year-old," said Martin Panza, NYRA's Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. "Every one of us at The New York Racing Association looks forward to watching him attempt to make history on June 7. With $8 million in purses and 10 stakes on the card, Belmont Stakes Day already was going to be a fantastic day of racing, and California Chrome's Triple Crown bid will make the event even bigger."
 
 
Contenders for the 2014 Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes as of May 17
Horse
Owner
Trainer
CALIFORNIA CHROME
Steven Coburn & Perry Martin
Art Sherman
COMMANDING CURVE
West Point Thoroughbreds
Dallas Stewart
COMMISSIONER
WinStar Farm
Todd Pletcher
DANZA
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Todd Pletcher
INTENSE HOLIDAY
Starlight Racing
Todd Pletcher
KID CRUZ
Vina Del Mar Tb's & Black Swan Stb.
Linda Rice
RIDE ON CURLIN
Daniel J. Dougherty
William Gowan
SAMRAAT
My Meadowview Farm
Richard Violette, Jr.
SOCIAL INCLUSION
Rontos Racing Stable
Manuel Azpurua
TONALIST
Robert S. Evans
Christophe Clement
WICKED STRONG
Centennial Farm
James Jerkens

 

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