Sources: Equibase, Daily Racing Form, Belmont Stakes, Associated Press, staff reports.
And they’re off! By a nose to 19½ lengths.
Triple Crown hopefuls that missed.
Before American Pharoah lifted the 37-year spell at Belmont Park, 13 horses since 1979 failed to accomplish the most elusive feat in horse racing: completing the Triple Crown. Why is the Crown so difficult to win? Explore the previous contenders.
SPECTACULAR BID — Ron Franklin
The colt entered the race after a freak accident — a safety pin embedded in his hoof — but showed no signs of lameness.
Franklin, the colt’s 19-year-old jockey, sent his horse running freely down the backstretch to take the lead.
He held the lead entering the stretch, began to struggle and was overtaken by Coastal. He faded near the end.
PLEASANT COLONY — Jorge Velasquez
Fractious before the start, the colt refused to be loaded into the gate. He ran last soon after the race began.
Outrun into the backstretch, he made a run leading up to the final turn and pushed into contention.
Pleasant Colony’s move came too late. He finished with good energy, but the late burst wasn't enough.
ALYSHEBA — Chris McCarron
The field entered the first turn at a slower pace on the dry track. Alysheba rode fifth on the inside.
Riding reserved, he was boxed in around the far turn and had to alter course. But the move was too late.
Alysheba and the field were no match for Bet Twice as he exploded down the stretch, winning by 14 lengths.
SUNDAY SILENCE — Pat Valenzuela
Dashed out of the gate to take a brief lead but came in tight behind a bunch before the first turn.
Going at a faster than normal pace, he raced prominently into the backstretch while on the outside.
He briefly led, but was no match for Easy Goer, who blew by him and won with the second-fastest track time.
SILVER CHARM — Gary Stevens
He broke alertly, floated to the outside nearing the first turn, raced well off the rail against a deep field.
Stevens put the horse in gear as he moved along the backstretch, challenging for the lead in good time.
He shook off contenders inside one furlong but wore down in the final 50 yards, giving way to Touch Gold.
REAL QUIET — Kent Desormeaux
He came out of the gate cleanly to an uneventful start; in tight with other horses as they moved to the rail.
He settled in the middle of the pack for five furlongs, then moved up rapidly on the far turn, surging to front.
He expanded its lead to four lengths, but Victory Gallop rallied. The photo finish was the closest Crown defeat.
CHARISMATIC — Chris Antley
The colt broke out at the start, brushing the horse to its right, applying light pressure.
He gained narrow lead in the final furlong, but at the eighth pole "he geared down a little bit," said Antley.
The colt suffered fractures to his left foreleg but still managed to finish about two lengths behind the winner.
WAR EMBLEM — Victor Espinoza
The colt stumbled out of the gate. Espinoza recovered quickly to guide the horse cleanly around the first turn.
The jockey pulled hard on the backstretch, slipped through along the rail and kept with the pace for a furlong.
War Emblem seized the lead but couldn’t maintain the pace. He had no fight left, gave way and faded.
FUNNY CIDE — Jose Santos
He broke outward slightly at the start, rushed up to gain the early advantage on the first turn and set the pace well.
On the stretch, “he was so rank and [Santos] couldn’t get him to settle down,” said Empire Maker’s jockey.
Funny Cide led to the far turn but relinquished the lead to the winner as he slowed from his early efforts.
SMARTY JONES — Stewart Elliott
He moved up from the outside to contest the early pace, surging to the front just after the one-half mile marker.
Smarty Jones pressed a blistering pace while racing four wide into the backstretch.
The colt narrowly missed victory, overtaken in the final 70 yards as he weakened from his early efforts.
BIG BROWN — Kent Desormeaux
The colt came to the race with a quarter crack in his left front hoof that his trainer called a “non-issue.”
Big Brown ran third for eight furlongs but had nothing left at the top of the stretch, where he was eased.
“He was empty,” Desormeaux said.” He didn’t have anything left. There’s no popped tires. He’s just out of gas.”
2012: I’ll Have Another was scratched because of injury.
CALIFORNIA CHROME — Victor Espinoza
Stumbling out of the gate, he brushed the horse to his right. The colt recovered as he pushed to second at the first furlong.
Against a mild pace, the jockey didn't try to get the lead. Instead, he was surrounded by rivals.
The colt was four wide on the final turn, but the distance was too much. He tired down the final stretch.