There has still not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
California Chrome was denied by Tonalist, a horse that did not run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness.
Worst Finish at Belmont Stakes
Attempting to Win Triple Crown
Tonalist became the 15th horse to win the Belmont Stakes without running in either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes since the last Triple Crown was won.
California Chrome finished in a dead-heat with Wicked Strong for fourth.
This was the seventh time a horse trying for the Triple Crown finished out of the money in the Belmont Stakes, and only four have finished fourth or worst since Affirmed last won.
California Chrome lost a race for the first time since last November. It had won its previous six races prior to Saturday.
The No. 2 post position was denied again. Every other post position from 1 to 12 has won the Belmont in the last 20 years other than the No. 2 post.
Jockey Joel Rosario earned his second Triple Crown victory (he rode Orb in the 2013 Kentucky Derby); in his last seven Triple Crown mounts, he's finished first, second or third five times.
Tonalist is 2-for-2 lifetime at Belmont Park (won the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in his last race in May).