Saturday, May 17, 2008

Maybe this year

It's been 30 long years since we had a Triple Crown winner in horse racing. There have been a lot of very good horses in recent years (War Emblem, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones) that have gotten close, but not one has been able to pull it off. This might be the year.

If you watched Big Brown's dominant performance at the Preakness this afternoon, you saw something that we haven't seen in previous years. Not only is this horse a very good horse, there sure doesn't seem to be much competition. All of the horses that lost out in the Belmont have had tough competitors to face. I don't see one this time around.

And I'd sure like to see something good happen for thoroughbred racing. I'm not a bettor; I've only been to the track once in my life, but racing is a thrilling sport. The deaths of Barbaro in 2006 and the filly Eight Belles this year have really hurt the sport. I don't have any intellectual reasoning behind any of this; I just like watching the races and my kids do, too. I'll be pulling for Big Brown to win the Belmont in three weeks. I think a lot of other people who enjoy the sport will be, too.

1 comment:


In spite of the fact that I find the current state of the horse racing industry deplorable,
I agree with you.

I'm routing for Big Brown and I'm sorry he has no real competition to enhance his future rep. as a great horse.

Hopefully, Casino Drive will provide the race at Belmont to make Big Brown the stuff of legends.