2014 Triple Crown Races

2014 Triple Crown Races

Source: www.nj.com

The Triple Crown is a series of thoroughbred races considered the top and most followed horse races in the United States. The Triple Crown event originated approximately in 1923  and the races that make up the series are: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

The Triple Crown races are open only for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The following are some of the main characteristics these races offer to the contenders:

  • Kentucky Derby, run over the 1 1⁄4-mile (2.0 km) dirt track at Churchill Downs in Kentucky;
  • Preakness Stakes, run over the 1 3⁄16-mile (1.9 km) dirt track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore
  • Belmont Stakes, run over the 1 1⁄2-mile (2.4 km) dirt track at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY

The Triple Crown is also known as the “triple tiara”; since its ealy beginnings only 11 horses have managed to win this great honor. So far in the 2014 season of the Triple Crown, the colt named California Chrome has won the first two races and this great horse is expected to conquer its next quest at Belmont Park on June 7th, 2014.

Some horse experts predict California Chrome will not win the Belmont Stakes due to several reasons which are: the field, the long run basically the longest one of the three races and the horse´ fatigue despite all the efforts made by the owners, trainers and doctors there is no doubt the colt´s health comes as first priority.

The following are some quick videos on California Chrome´s training and latest action at Belmont Park in New York:

http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/10953476/the-triple-crown-challenge-california-chrome

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/05/19/chrome-approved-to-wear-nasal-strip-in-belmont-stakes/

Furthermore, other recent news about the Belmont Stakes favorite are regarding his new set of shoes for the upcoming race. California Chrome´s equine foot specialist would put new shoes on the colt on Friday as part of the preparation for next Saturday’s historic Belmont Stakes.

“His feet are pretty good,” Fisher said, “but sometimes it’s a challenge to work with white-footed horses.” Sherman added: “White feet can get a little soft, but he’s had no foot problems.”

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