Belmont On June 7, 2014 California Chrome had a chance to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. If he won he would have been the first horse to win the sought-after award since 1978. The hype leading up to the race was felt in the mass crowds that flocked to the race from all around New York, Long Island and New Jersey. Attendance, which reached over 102, 000 people, was the third highest in the races' history. The excitement was at once palpable by the sheer number of people eager to witness history, yet at the same time the crowds and lack of adequate infrastructure to accommodate so many people made it difficult to enjoy the event. In the end, California Chrome did not win.