ELMONT, New York - California Chrome lost out on his bid to become the first horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown. Tonalist emerged the winner of the Belmont Stakes and the $800,000 prize.
More than 100 thousand fans packed Belmont Park in Elmont, New York- hoping to witness horse racing history. Only 11 horses have swept the Triple Crown since 1919- winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
The Belmont is the most challenging because it's one and a half miles....the longest race these horses have ever run. The last horse to beat the odds was Affirmed in 1978.
Fan John Sullivan came to Elmont in hopes of a triple crown, "The horses in America right now are bred for shorter distances for speed, not so much for the distance the stamina just isn't there anymore."
The possibility of a triple crown winner created a sell out. Some of the most expensive tickets such as box seats went for thousands of dollars on reselling sites.
For some- cost was no issue.
So we'll have to wait till next year to see if a triple crown winner will emerge.