Monday, June 8, 2009

Triple Crown Redux

Besides taking a beating on each Triple Crown race day, here are some of what I learned or relearned:
  • Mine That Bird was an example of how dramatically three-year-olds can improve between races
  • New ownership belonging to the 21st not 19th century showed that fillies can best the boys, if given the chance. As a sidebar Rachel Alexandra's win also put all the PETA bull on the back burner.
  • Like other jocks before him, Calvin Borel was fooled by the top-of-Belmont's stretch. In my opinion, jocks are used to turning for home with far more horse under them after traveling far less.
  • While Jess Jackson was all class in challenging the boys and deferring from the Belmont, Chip Woolley soured on Borel within seconds of defeat and sounded like a jilted prom queen. Hey Chip next time save the criticism for an after the race discussion or just employ another rider.

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