California Chrome finishes last run before Belmont

BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer
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Belmont Stakes entrant Ride On Curlin gallops down the front stretch with exercise rider Bryan Beccia up during a workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The runner up in the Preakness Stakes will be one of ten challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

Belmont Stakes entrant Ride On Curlin gallops down the front stretch with exercise rider Bryan Beccia up during a workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The runner up in the Preakness Stakes will be one of ten challengers looking to spoil California Chrome’s bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome has finished his final run-through before he goes for history and the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

The chestnut colt galloped two miles around the Belmont Park oval on Friday after visiting the paddock where he will be saddled on race day. He stood quietly in stall No. 2 before walking through the tunnel toward the track, pausing several times for photographers. His ears pricked at the sound of clicking cameras.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will jog again early Saturday, about 13 hours before he tries to end a 36-year Triple Crown drought with a victory in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, whose horses spoiled two previous Triple Crown bids, says the last quarter-mile of the Belmont will be the toughest for California Chrome since he’s never run that far.

 

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