Can California Chrome pace himself?

by Marcus Hersh 4 months ago

California Chrome’s challenge in the Belmont Stakes is to run slower than he ever has. In his dozen starts, he never has gone an opening half-mile slower than 47.20. But how long can he, or will he, run more slowly? Will he get bored and start champing at the bit? And if California Chrome submits to a slower tempo, can he, at some point in the second six furlongs, lay down a couple of those 12-second furlongs and blow the race open?

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