Preakness win puts a California Chrome Triple Crown in sight

Sunday May 18th, 2014
Since 1978, 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but failed to win Belmont.
Bill Frakes/SI

California Chrome is sure to head to the starting gate on June 7 accompanied by a legion of vociferous doubters. I will not be among them. The naysayers have history on their side. No horse since Affirmed in 1978 has won the Triple Crown. And there are certainly many things that can go wrong in the long stretches and around the sweeping turns of Belmont Park. But right now, at this moment, there is no better 3-year-old in America than California Chrome. The next three weeks are going to be fun.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.