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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Time to tweak the Triple Crown

After watching yesterday’s Preakness Stakes, one thing is abundantly clear, time to tweak the Triple Crown. Now, I am the first to guard traditions in sports, but sometimes you need to adjust your thinking.  As an example, instant replay in football, was a great move. The wildcard in baseball...
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No Cigar. It makes a difference. Speaking of tradition! The Belmont Stakes was run at Jerome Park from 1867 to 1889; at Morris Park from 1890 to 1904; at Aqueduct from 1963 to 1967. Not run in 1911 and 1912. Run at a mile and five furlongs from 1867 to 1873; a mile and a quarter in 1890, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1904 and 1905; a mile and a furlong in 1893 and 1894; a mile and three furlongs from 1896 to 1903 and from 1906 to 1925. No time taken in 1907 and 1908. Run as a Handicap Stakes in 1895 and in 1913. The value for the 1987, 1988 and 1992 winners includes the $1,000,000 Triple Crown point system bonus.
As much as I disagree on most of what D, Wayne says and does, he had a great idea to expand the times between the runs and ADD the Travers to the mix
BB will get caught again and quietly go back to a 15% trainer.
The two week break did not seem to bother Lookin At Lucky. The Triple Crown series is one of the few bright spots in horse racing...why mess with a good thing!
As a third generation horseman and having seen every Triple Crown race over the last 60 years, either in person or TV, (in person for Secretariat's romp in '73...after a 25 year drought) in my opinion it goes to show how the accomplishment stands alone in sports. Let's measure our champions on an equal footing (pun intended) and not degrade the traditions. Our sport is in enough trouble without tearing down additional foundations.
So wait a second... four weeks makes all the difference in the world?
I'd be all for moving the Derby to the last Saturday in May too. If their lungs are more frail, then that goes along with having more time between them. That or let the sport die. It's on life support as it is. Only a matter of generations. Any one upstairs listening? Turn that music down.

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