All eyes on California Chrome at 146th running of Belmont Stakes in Elmont

The 146th running of the Belmont Stakes is

The 146th running of the Belmont Stakes is being held Saturday at Belmont Park. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

ELMONT - The countdown to the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes is on.

While crowds will be betting on races all day long, everyone has their eyes set on California Chrome, who has a chance at horse-racing immortality. The race will take place at around 6:52 p.m.

California Chrome, a chestnut colt, has previously won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. If he sweeps, he will become the 12th horse to hold the Triple Crown title, and the first to do so in 36 years.

If California Chrome is going to sweep the crown, he has a tough road ahead of him. Experts say the track at Belmont is a difficult one due to the sandy surface and longer race distance. Belmont’s race track is 1½ miles.

Approximately 125,000 people are expected to fill Belmont Park throughout the day.

California Chrome will be racing out of the No. 2 post, which was Secretariat's spot when he won the Triple Crown in 1973.

The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978.

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