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Saturday - 6/7/2014, 11:00pm  ET

asterisk () -- BELMONT STAKES

California Chrome's Triple Crown quest collapses

NEW YORK (AP) -- California Chrome has failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years.

Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes, and California Chrome finished far back in a tie for fourth Saturday. The result means the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion in history is extended.

California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza lost the 1 1/2-mile race on a hot day at Belmont Park, where tens of thousands of fans were packed in hoping to see history. It was not to be, leaving Affirmed as the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978.


NEW: For Tonalist owner, victory brings memory of loss

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tonalist upset California Chrome to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, reviving memories of another failed Triple Crown bid.

The victory was the first in the Belmont Stakes for owner Robert Evans, whose family owned Pleasant Colony, the horse who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1981 before finishing third in the Belmont Stakes.

The win also was the first in the Belmont Stakes for jockey Joel Rosario. He finished third the past two years, riding Brilliant Speed in 2012 and Orb last year.

California Chrome became the 12th horse since Affirmed to lose his Triple try in the Belmont, the longest race in the series.


UPDATE: Comedian Tracy Morgan injured in fatal crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A truck driver has been charged in a fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left comedian Tracy Morgan hospitalized in critical condition and seriously injured two other people.

Authorities say the man's tractor-trailer rammed into Morgan's limousine bus Saturday as he and a group traveled home from a standup comedy show in Delaware.

Prosecutors say truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Comedian James McNair, who performed as Jimmy Mack, was killed in the crash. McNair was described as a mentor to the 45-year-old Morgan -- the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member.

Morgan's spokesman said Morgan was receiving "excellent" hospital care.


Poet Maya Angelou remembered at memorial service

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (AP) -- Maya Angelou (MY'-uh AN'-juh-loh) is being remembered as a poet, orator and sage.

At a memorial service at Wake Forest University today, former President Bill Clinton said Angelou lived enough to experience five lifetimes. He recalled how Angelou was a single mother at 17 and San Francisco's first African-American streetcar conductor before becoming a civil rights leader and an accomplished writer. Clinton likened Angelou to a firefly, saying she would light up at the most unpredictable times and show you something in your mind you had been burying or something in your heart you were afraid to face.

First lady Michelle Obama remembered Angelou as the first person who let her know she could be a strong, powerful and smart black woman. She said reading Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" changed a little black girl whose first doll was Malibu Barbie by celebrating "black women's beauty like no one had ever dared to before."

Oprah Winfrey says she struggled to put what Maya Angelou (MY'-uh AN'-juh-loh) meant into words, then realized she owed the poet not words, but actions. A sometimes tearful Winfrey called Angelou her spiritual queen mother, saying she always took notes when they spoke on the phone. Winfrey concluded that while she cannot fill Angelou's shoes, she can walk in her footsteps.

Angelou died last week at age 86.


Obama to take executive steps on student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama is prepping new executive steps to help Americans struggling to pay off their student debt.

Obama plans to announce Monday that he's expanding an existing program that prevents borrowers from having to pay more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. That program is only available to people who borrowed during certain years, but Obama intends to expand the timeframe for eligibility.

Obama also plans to announce that he's directing the government to renegotiate contracts with federal student loan servicers so encourage them to make it easier for borrowers to avoid defaulting on their loans.

And the president is going to ask the Treasury and Education departments to work with tax preparers to increase awareness about tuition tax credits and flexible repayment options.

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