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Triple Crown would be historic, but that doesn't mean it would change the sport
Triple Crown would be historic, but that doesn't mean it would change the sport

ELMONT, N.Y. — For months now, California Chrome has carried the outlandish dreams of his little-guy owners and his unsung trainer every time he's roared around another racetrack. As his victories have mounted, so has his cargo. When he enters the starting gate for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the dashing chestnut colt will carry the dreams of every thoroughbred racing enthusiast yearning to see the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. It would be great for the sport, they say. And it's hard to argue against the value of a transcendent hero to offset years of drug scandals, declining crowds and fractured governance. "We need new idols," says Ron Sanchez,...

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