Tonalist won the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, spoiling California Chrome’s bid to win the Triple Crown.
Affrimed remains the last Triple Crown winner, having won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont in 1978.
California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth.
“I thought he was gaining ground, but he didn’t have it in him, apparently,” owner Steve Coburn said immediately after the race. “It’s all or nothing. This is not fair to these horses and to the people that believe in them. This is the coward’s way out.”
Joel Rosario was the winning jockey, Christophe Clement was the trainer and Robert S. Evans was the winning owner.
Chrome, a 3-year-old chestnut colt, becomes the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown and fall short in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.
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