There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.  Since then, 12 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but couldn't close the deal in the Belmont. California Chrome looks to snap that drought on Saturday. Here is a look at a couple of very near misses.

In 1998, Real Quiet lost the Belmont to Victory Gallop by a nose in a great race. 

In 2004, Smarty Jones lost by one length to 36-1 shot Birdstone.