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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Ambushes are part of Triple Crown

Dealing with new shooters, ones that lie in wait in Baltimore or New York, is one of the biggest obstacles on the Triple Crown trail. An opponent with fresh legs is right there with the three racetracks and three distances crammed into five weeks to explain why the last Triple Crown winner was in 1978.

Arkansas' favorite horse was victimized by just such an ambush in 2004. Smarty Jones, who swept Oaklawn Park's 3-year-old series prior to winning the Derby and the Preakness, was a few yards from becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner when 36-1 Birdstone caught him in the shadow of the wire in the Belmont.
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