California Chrome Odds to Win Belmont and Become 1st Horse Since Affirmed to Win Triple Crown

What are the odds of California Chrome turning out to be the first horse of the 21st Century to win horse racing’s Triple Crown?

The early lines on the Belmont Stakes 2014 are out. California Chrome is -130 or 10/13 odds, a prohibitive favorite, but well short of Smarty Jones 2/5 odds on race day for the 2004 Belmont Stakes. California Chrome will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Danza and Commanding Curve are the most likely to spoil the party at +800 or 8/1, followed closely by Tonalist and Wicked Strong at +1,000. One can also ante against California Chrome securing the Triple Crown at even money. The Harris Ranch product will have to start for action.  default

That is no small proviso as trainer Art Sherman is maintaining his prized pedigree may not run if he is not allowed to wear a nasal strip. Sherman said the breathing device, much like that made famous by the NFL’s Jerry Rice, is especially necessary for the 1.5 mile race.

Among other contenders, Social Inclusion is +1200, while Ride On Curlin is +1500. Joe Duffy’s Picks nailed California Chrome to win the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby and is going for his fourth Triple Crown winner in 15 years. will have the picks on race day.


About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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