As the 32 years since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner
show, it’s not supposed to be easy for a horse to sweep the Kentucky
Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
In the Preakness this year, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver was running out of energy before reaching the stretch.
Lookin At Lucky, who won the Preakness,
had lost his chance at a Triple Crown in the first eighth of a mile in
the Kentucky Derby when he encountered serious traffic trouble and was
forced to the back of the pack.
But don’t think that the Triple Crown has become impossible for a
modern-day horse to win, says Louie Roussel III, who was trainer and
co-owner of Risen Star, the Preakness and Belmont winner in 1988.