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Horse Racing's Triple Crown, Preaknss weekend

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Initial post: May 18, 2011 9:27:29 PM PDT
Jay C. Nehf says:
There will almost certainly never be another Triple Crown winner unless the timing between the Preakness, now set at 2 weeks, is changed to 3.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2011 9:30:44 PM PDT
artgirl says:
Yeah, but if they change it it will be like comparing apples to oranges, it just won't be the same. You won't be able to compare previous Triple Crown winners to one who wins it with the 3 week intervals.

Posted on May 18, 2011 9:33:03 PM PDT
Jay C. Nehf says:
True. But I believe the racing industry will make the change, and soon. Racing is in the doldrums and simply announcing a major change like this would generate tremendous new interest in racing. Remember- there is non such thing as bad publicity.

Posted on May 18, 2011 9:34:55 PM PDT
artgirl says:
So tradition goes down the tubes, we will never know if Affirm's the last Triple Crown winner's feat could ever be repeated....publicity? Who cares about that?? Let talk about the care of the horses!!

Posted on May 18, 2011 9:40:32 PM PDT
Jay C. Nehf says:
I'm afraid it just won't happen. Horses are trained entirely differently now. Zenyatta, winner of 19 out of 20 starts, including the Breeder's Cup Classic, raced twice in 33 days. 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault raced 5 times in 31 days and 3 of those races were the Triple Crown. Huge difference in these campaigns. Trainers are too scared to push a horse that hard nowadays.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2011 9:44:04 PM PDT
artgirl says:
O.K. if you change this ..1/3 of the Triple Crown, then what about the other two races? Don't you think it will become a 'never ending change story'? Where will it end? Tradition will certainly fade away....anyway, you can't say it will never happen cause you just don't know!

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2011 9:47:28 PM PDT
Jay C. Nehf says:
True again. In racing, anything could happen, but I could make a fortune betting against it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2011 10:21:27 PM PDT
Pleiades2 says:
Anybody like MUCHO MACHO MAN (open at 6-1) Saturday?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011 8:50:47 AM PDT
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Jay C. Nehf says:
Stalking the Pace: Thirty-six Years to the Winner's CircleHe's a really big question mark in my eyes. He had a good clean trip in the Derby, but he was staggering in the last hundred yards. Same scenario in the Louisiana Derby, spit the bit in the final 16th. He turned in a bullet 4f breeze 4 days ago after a gruelling 1 1/4 Derby. I don't think that will contribute to his endurance, it might just sap his strength. 6:1 seems over priced to me.
Animmal Kingdom, like Baffert says, is the horse to beat. Here's something to consider: Baffert never shows up at a gunfight with a knife in his hand. I was arm's length away from Midnight Interlude at the Santa Anita Derby and this horse is awesome. Every head turned when he walked into the paddock and I bet him on looks alone. He paid $19.80, an unheard of payoff for a Baffert horse. He's 15:1 today. This horse does run green. I watched a video of M I galloping the other day and he was looking at the birdies, wandering all over the track. Baffert says he'll be in the Exacta, but I think if this horse can run 2nd, he can win just as well and you won't hear Baffert saying flat out that he will win anything. He worked a sharp 3f in :35:3 5 days ago. M I didn't exert himself at all with his 16th place finish in the Derby, Animal Kingdom was all out to win it. A 3f breeze is just a teaser for a horse at this stage of traing and should sharpen his interest without taxing him much at all. If M I pays attention he could win this. So he's another big question mark at 15:1, worth a try in my book. I sound like a used car salesman regarding this horse! And watch out for Nehro in the Belmont, they have him resting up for it, so he should be ready.

Posted on May 21, 2011 4:46:37 PM PDT
Jay C. Nehf says:
And that's why they call it gambling! What really hurt was placing a bet on winner Shackleford for my brother.

Posted on May 3, 2012 12:25:23 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 8:25:45 PM PDT
TopFlight says:
They should not change the Triple Crown, if they want it to continue to mean anything. What the US Thoroughbred racing industry needs to do is this: Stop allowing race-day medication, and start breeding soundness and stamina back into their horses. I don't really expect either to happen. The breeding of Thoroughbreds was largely taken over by market breeders a few decades ago; their only interest is in getting the highest prices for their horses - I really don't think they care if a significant percentage of the horses they sell die in training accidents and never make it to the races, or are fatally injured after a mere handful of starts, as is all too common today. I don't think things are going to change in a positive way in this country, and Thoroughbred racing may well cease to exist within a few decades due to its greedy, self-destructive policies.
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