Exclusive Bee photos: California Chrome at the BelmontLoading
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    Start of the 146th Belmont Stakes, as seen from the Belmont Park press box June 7, 2014. California Chrome, second from the rail, broke with the pack despite getting stepped on by No. 3 Matterhorn. Tonalist, No. 11 and breaking from the far outside, won the $1.5 million race and spoiled Chrome's Triple Crown bid. California Chrome finished tied for fourth.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    California Chrome (center) checks out the Belmont Park crowd of 102,199 during the post parade before the 146th Belmont Stakes on June 7, 2014.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    Led by assistant trainer Alan Sherman, California Chrome strolls through the Belmont Park backstretch on June 6, 2014. The century-old barn area is lined with white fences and hundreds of maple and sycamore trees. Lots of grassy areas outside the barns are available for snacking (if you're a horse).
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    At Belmont Park, California Chrome waits for photographers to finish snapping photos before entering the main track at Belmont Park on June 4, 2013. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman and exercise rider Willie Delgado lets their star take all the time he wants.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    The day before the 2014 Belmont Stakes, California Chrome stretches his legs on Belmont Park's 1-1/2-mile oval on June 6, 2014. With Willie Delgado aboard, he seems to glide over the track.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    To celebrate his first major endorsement, California Chrome wears his new Skechers horse blanket while his crew dons Skechers shirts and shoes. Here they pose for an official photo outside Barn 26 at Belmont Park on June 3, 2014.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    Shortly after dawn on Belmont Stakes eve, California Chrome makes his way through the barn area at Belmont Park on June 6, 2014. He loves getting out in the brisk morning air the day after a storm.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    California Chrome gives groom Raul Rodriguez a friendly nose bump after the colt's bath on June 6, 2014, at Belmont Park.
    Deb Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    California Chrome stops traffic on the backstretch at Belmont Park shortly after dawn on June 4, 2013.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    Professional photographers scramble for position to get a shot of California Chrome taking a bath outside Barn 26 at Belmont Park on June 6, 2014. One photographer is trying to squeeze under the fence. Close to 400 photographers were credentialed for the 146th Belmont Stakes.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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    At Belmont Park, California Chrome waits for photographers to finish snapping photos before entering the main track at Belmont Park on June 4, 2013. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman and exercise rider Willie Delgado lets their star take all the time he wants.
    Debbie Arrington | Sacramento Bee
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