http://www.wired.com/2015/06/science-says-american-pharoah-wont-win-triple-crown/Update: On June 6, 2015, American Pharaoh won the Belmont Stakes and took the Triple Crown.
California Chrome had it all. The three-year-old thoroughbred won the Kentucky Derby last year. Two weeks later, he topped the field at the Preakness, becoming the only horse bred in the Golden State to ever win both races. Then, on June 7, 2014, he was about to run the Belmont Stakes, the final race in the so-called Triple Crown. The last horse to win all three of these races was Affirmed in 1978, but maybe Chrome had a chance to bring the title into the 21st century: The colt had a prime starting position, second in the gate. The odds were on his side, at 3-5. His legion of fans, the #Chromies, mustered on Twitter.
But Chrome fell short. Tying for fourth, he became the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to fail in the third in almost 40 years. The winner at Belmont, Tonalist, hadn’t raced in the Derby or the Preakness, and in a post-race interview, Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn argued that the Triple Crown should be a closed circuit: No parachuting in to run the Belmont if you haven’t already run the previous races in the series. “It’s not fair to the horses that have been in the game since day one,” Coburn said. “It’s all or nothing. This is the coward’s way out.”
After reading this article I think Coburn is right. You should have to be in all three races or none. It really isn't fair to the horses that do. Also these races are so hard on the horses they should space them a little further apart. At least a week between the first and second and two more weeks between the second and third. The last race is longer than the first two.
I think its amazing American Pharaoh won, first time since 1978 when Affirmed won it. The owners will make millions off stud fees. This goose has laid a golden egg.