The Triple Crown is the be-all end-all for horse racing, there is NO defending your title, there is no rematches there is no anything after the Belmont. For the VAST majority of the people, the finish line for the Belmont might as well be over a cliff- since no one cares about these horses after they cross the line. Don’t believe me?
Quick, find me a two-time winner of the Derby. Find me the fastest 4 year old in the country. Find me ANY televised horse race after the Belmont. Exactly. Horse Racing for the majority of the population is down to 3 races, and after that we don’t care until next year.
This isn’t just horses either people, who won the curing championship this summer? Anyone seen the Vault on ESPN lately? Can you name me anyone outside of the NBA players who is going to be going to the 2016 Olympics?
Step 1 Being Born
Step 2 Run
If you are good at Step 2, then you may be trained as a racing horse, or sold and then trained as a racing horse.
Step 3 Run some more.
Step 4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 and try to win some races.
Step 5 Race the Majors- you have one year to do this.
Step 6. Depending on how you do- either you go into Stud meaning your bloodlines continue, or you don’t do that well, and well . . . lets not talk about that. Depending on your owner, you could end up like Boxer in Animal Farm- or like Boxer at the END OF ANIMAL FARM
A Triple Crown can more than Triple a Horse’s Stud Fees. Winning two out of three is nice, but its like having a point that can’t play defense but does everything else great, so close, but no cigar. So with Racing being a money sport, and lets not forget that it IS. The loss in the Belmont cost him and his partners MILLIONS.
But does he have a point? Of Course. The Triple Crown is set up so only the BEST can win it. Having a long distance race at the end does make it the hardest race to win, and that is also by design- If a horse can win the Derby and the Belmont, than the Preakness is anti-climatic. Will it change anytime soon?
Nope. Keep in mind that California Chrome is the 12th Horse to win 2 but fail on the third in 36 years. Anyone care about the Belmont in those other 24 years?
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