Once again, horse antagonism enthusiasts were aghast by the Belmont.
It’s frustrating, this 36-year aridity – the longest dry spell ever aback the endure Triple Crown winner. If you’re 40 years old, you weren’t even in brand academy yet if Affirmed claimed the endure Triple Crown – you you apparently had not even been built-in if Secretariat concluded a then-record 25-year aridity in the Triple Crown.
It’s so arresting that Steve Coburn, buyer of California Chrome, the latest Triple Crown hopeful to falter in the Belmont, alleged the buyer and trainer of the champ (Tonalist) “cowards” for not active their horse in all three Triple Crown races, as he had done.
That’s been an affair with the Triple Crown for a continued time. To win the Triple Crown, a horse accept to win three contest in three altered states aural 5 weeks’ time. The champ of the Kentucky Derby is not accountable to run in the Preakness two weeks later. And, if a horse wins both of those races, he is not accountable to run in the Belmont, either.
But the allurement of the Triple Crown about consistently brings ‘em.
I wouldn’t alarm myself an able on horse racing, but there are a few things I know, mostly from aggravating to abatement aback on my training as a announcer and listening to what others (most of whom are experts) accept to say – and a lot of trainers say they adopt to accord a horse 5 weeks (at least) amid races. Usually, they will angular added adjoin six or seven weeks.
Three contest in 5 weeks is an awfully arduous clip in horse racing. If that is still harder for you to understand, attending at it this way.
We reside in an age of sports specialization. In my father’s day, there were lots of guys who played both breach and aegis in football; I don’t apperceive if I can anamnesis such a two-way amateur in my lifetime. Maybe there has been one, possibly two, apparently built-in added of call than of skill.
When I was a boy, it wasn’t abnormal for pitchers to go the ambit in baseball. There were a brace of relievers on a lot of staffs in case the amateur absolutely got into trouble. Now, teams accept staffs of relievers who accept been accomplished to appear in and accord an inning or two afore giving the brawl to the closer. If a amateur goes best than six innings, he’s apparently casting a no-hitter – and a lot of acceptable will be yanked the minute a amateur from the added aggregation gets on base.
Asking a horse to run in – and win – three contest in 35 canicule is like allurement a bullpen to bandy three complete amateur in the amplitude of a week.
That’s why acceptable a Triple Crown is such an absorbing accomplishment. Well, it is allotment of the reason.
The added allotment is what we saw on Saturday.
The Belmont is best than either the Kentucky Derby (1¼ miles) or the Preakness (1 3/16 miles). The aboriginal two contest are abundant beneath than the Belmont (1½ miles), which is justifiably alleged the “Test of the Champion.” To win the aboriginal two races, a horse accept to acquire speed. To win the Belmont, a horse accept to acquire endurance.
Few horses acquire both. It takes a appropriate horse to win a Triple Crown. Alone 11 horses accept done it aback 1875, the aboriginal year that all three contest were run.
Secretariat was the greatest horse I anytime saw, but there were those who questioned whether he could win a continued chase like the Belmont. His acknowledgment was a 31-length victory. Now that is a horse that combines acceleration and endurance.
Some humans say a Triple Crown can’t be won again. I say it can. I just can’t say when.
Coburn has apologized for his outburst.
And he was appropriate – to an extent. It isn’t fair that a adequate horse like Tonalist (or Commissioner, the second-place finisher) can run adjoin a horse that has run in the Derby and the Preakness – but it happens about every year.
For that matter, Coburn didn’t accept to access California Chrome in the Preakness and the Belmont, but he did. That was his choice.
That was his gamble – and it didn’t pay off.
If you’ve anytime placed a bet at a chase clue that didn’t pay off, you ability apperceive how he acquainted – except that he didn’t lose a simple $2 wager. He absent what may be his alone adventitious to win a Triple Crown.
I accept that he acquainted it was arbitrary that Tonalist was able to get the blow Coburn’s trainer believes is capital for a horse to accord his best achievement – while California Chrome was active not one but two races.
But that is the appropriate claiming of the Triple Crown, isn’t it? A lot of horses can’t do it.
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