Saturday, May 18, 2013

Day 48: No Triple Crown This Year... Again.

The Triple Crown drought is now at 35 years as Orb failed to win or even place or show in the 138th Preakness Stakes this afternoon. All eyes were on the three year old Kentucky Derby winner looking for him to grab the second leg of the ever elusive Triple Crown.

Instead, Oxbow took Pimlico under formerly retired and Hall of Fame jockey, Gary Stevens. Stevens, who has been on the back of three Preakness winners, had spent the last seven years in retirement and part of NBC Sports as their lead horse racing analyst. If it couldn't have been Orb to win this race, I'm glad it was Stevens.

Although it is a total bummer we have to wait another year for that special horse. It's not like we haven't seen special horses in the past, just not one who was durable enough to last all three races. The closest horse to do it in the last decade was Smarty Jones, who won the first two races, but came in second in the Belmont. GAH! And the most recent tease was 2012's Derby and Preakness winner, I'll Have Another. Unfortunately, tendonitis forced his team to scratch him from the Belmont and he never even got a chance to race.

If you were a horse racing fan in the '70s, Triple Crown winners were a dime a dozen and you thought it was no big whoop. Let's review: Secretariat won it in 1973 (after a 25 year dry spell), Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed just a year later in 1978. And not one since. It's becoming almost as hard as winning the Triple Crown in baseball—an accomplishment that recently just ended a 45 year drought.

Will we ever see another Secretariat?

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