Today, California Chrome will be lavishly feted in NBC’s pre-Belmont coverage as he (ludicrously) “chases immortality.” On the other side of this odious spectrum lies a horse named Call Tiger, a 9-year-old gelding with 87 career starts. Nine years old, 87 starts. In all, this pathetic creature has been handled by 13 different trainers (and 3 of those had two separate turns with him) and owned by at least 9 different men. Unsurprisingly, his sale tag – Call Tiger has been laboring almost exclusively on the claiming circuit for five years now – has steadily decreased with the passing years: The first claim on 7/3/08 was for $50,000; six claims later in May of this year, he went for $5,000.
In his last three starts – covering a mere 20 days – Call Tiger has failed to finish twice, the last time just this past Tuesday at Parx. This abuse, not the romantic rhetoric gushing forth from Bob Costas’ silver tongue, is horseracing. Enjoy the Belmont.