The Road to the Triple Crown

Take a look at photos from the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and preparations for the Belmont Stakes, the last of the Triple Crown races.

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Tonalist (11) with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.
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Tonalist, left, with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.
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Belmont Stakes hopeful Ride On Curlin gallops down the front stretch with exercise rider Bryan Beccia up during a workout at Belmont Park, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The runner up in the Preakness Stakes will be one of ten challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday.
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California Chrome is led to the race track by assistant trainer Alan Sherman, with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard at Belmont Park race track in Elmont, NY., Thursday, June 5, 2014. Chrome will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
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California Chrome gallops around the track with exercise rider Willie Delgado up during a workout at Belmont Park, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.
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California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, left, and trainer Art Sherman watch workouts from the grandstand at Belmont Park, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.
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California Chrome with exercise rider Willie Delgado is walked in his barn after training on the main track at Belmont Park on May 30, 2014 in Elmont, New York.
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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome with Jockey Victor Espinoza up trains at Belmont Park on May 31, 2014 in Elmont, New York.
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While assistant trainer Alan Sherman, left, looks on, exercise rider Willie Delgado walks Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome after they arrived at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
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Exercise rider Willie Delgado laughs as he waits to guide Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome onto a trailer at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
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California Chrome's owner Steve Coburn, left, gives his hires a kiss in the winners circle after the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore MD, May 17, 2014.
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Victor Espinoza celebrates atop California Chrome #3 after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore.
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California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, and the field race into the first turn during the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Jockey Victor Espinoza, right, celebrates aboard California Chrome after winning the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore.
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In this image taken with a fish-eye lens, California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore.
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California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Stopchargingmaria with Javier Castellano atop waves to the crown after winning the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes horse race as Vero Amore with Frank Pennington riding places at Pimlico Race Course, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Baltimore. The 139th Preakness horse race takes place Saturday.
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Jockey Javier Castellano, left, rises out of the saddle after riding Stopchargingmaria to win the during the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Baltimore. The 139th Preakness horse race takes place Saturday.
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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, ridden by exercise rider Willie Delgado, chuckles while talking with assistant trainer, Alan Sherman, before an early morning run in preparation for the Preakness at Pimlico Race Track on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Md.
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Exercise riders take horses out for an early morning run in preparation for the Preakness at Pimlico Race Track on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Md.
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California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, pulls away from Chitu #13, ridden by Martin Garcia, coming out of the fourth turn enroute to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The 164,906-member audience was the second largest ever for the Kentucky derby. It was 400 less people than in 2012.
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Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates with the trophy in the winners circle after guiding California Chrome #5 to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The field heads out of the first turn during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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California Chrome with Victor Espinoza up crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, leads the field out of the fourth turn enroute to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Victor Espinoza celebrates in the winners circle after riding California Chrome #5 to victory in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The field comes out of the starter's gate to start the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Calofirnia Chrome crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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California Chrome #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Horses goes for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
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Derby contender and crowd favorite California Chrome does a light workout on the morning of the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. on Saturday, May 3, 2014. California Chrome, at 5-2 odds, is the favorite to win the Derby.
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