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Triple Crown Bid Brings Big Belmont Ratings

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ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza, breaks from the gate during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ELMONT, NY – JUNE 07: California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza, breaks from the gate during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome’s attempt for a Triple Crown averaged 20.6 million viewers on NBC — the second-highest total for the Belmont Stakes. Only Smarty Jones’ run in 2004 drew more.

The network said Sunday viewership was up 57 percent from 2008, the last time a Triple Crown was on the line at the Belmont.

California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth Saturday, silencing the 102,199 fans — the third-largest crowd in Belmont history.

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