The time has come. Can the 36-year drought of a racing Triple Crown finally be broken Saturday? With the spotlight heavy on California Chrome’s chance at history, Jon and Joel discuss his biggest obstacles and most dangerous challengers. So, what’s in store for this year’s Test of a Champion? History, or disappointment?
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TCI Top 10
|1||Wicked Strong||103||Consistency has been the issue, but he possesses the best overall profile for this race; Main threat to the Chrome Crown|
|2||Tonalist||107||Big-time talent with a bright future; Feet issues are concerning, and he’ll need to be much more relaxed early to win this.|
|3||California Chrome||106||12 furlongs separates him from history; He’s undoubtedly the best horse, but the Test of Champions distance could be daunting.|
|4||Medal Count||97||Very dangerous if he can fire his best race on real dirt; Style and pedigree are tailor made for the Belmont.|
|5||Commissioner||102||Another outsider with a big shot at 1 ½ miles; Well-bred colt had solid local prep and wants to run all day.|
|6||Samraat||99||Fires every time and has a good close-up, grinder style for this race; Biggest concern is whether he’s good enough.|
|7||Commanding Curve||101||Looks to have figured things out since his nice Derby run, but he must stay in closer contention early to have success here.|
|8||General a Rod||100||Probable pacesetter could grind along and take this field far; Solid stamina profile, battle tested, and back class on the lead.|
|9||Ride On Curlin||103||Tough campaigner enters off his best race yet, but 1 ½ miles with his female family could have him in line for a bounce.|
|10||Matterhorn||100||Pletcher longshot has always shown a lot of potential, but he’s not bred as well as the other Tapit to handle 1 ½ miles.|
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