California Chrome's Triple Crown quest collapses

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Tonalist wins Belmont Stakes

File photo of California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, winning the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - California Chrome has failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years.

Official results of the race are pending, but California Chrome 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.

Geographic location: California, NEW YORK, N.Y., Belmont Park

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