Betting on History

Thousands file into Ellis Park to watch California Chrome run for the elusive Triple Crown.
Horse racing fans both novice and experienced pour over programs and odds trying to find the right combination to bring home a winner. For many the pick was California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes. "Seems like everybody wants to be a part of history," said Director of Operations at Ellis Park Bob Jackson.

At race time California Chrome's odds were 3-5. For those not familiar that's every $5 you bet you profit $3. Making California Chrome the overwhelming favorite. "With the long stride that he's got and as steady as he runs he just seems to be so relaxed. I'm just hoping he does it. It would be good for the game," said Jackson.

Yes, it seems like everyone is putting their money on California Chrome to win the Triple Crown. That is except one... "I think he'll run fourth. I think he will get beat." James Swope has been in the horse racing business for 42 years and I think he might have put a Commonwealth Curse on California Chrome before the race began. "I don't think a California horse can beat a Kentucky horse and they are supposed to be the number at breeding horses in the country," said Swope.

The room tightens as everyone knows we could be two minutes away from history. In the past 36 years 12 horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but haven't been able to close it out.

Make that 13 horses that haven't been able to close the deal.

Quickly the floor was littered with useless tickets as California Chrome finished fourth and the elusive Triple Crown will wait another year to find a deserving throne.

"Tonalist" won the Belmont Stakes.
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