A good trainer will take care of their horses. The Pletchers and Bafferts who have hundreds of young promising young horses entrusted to them, need to be held more accountable when their horses break down. I do not think the Triple Crown should be changed from 3 year olds to 4 year olds, some horses peak earlier, some peak later. A good trainer will take the time to get to know the horse and not push to get to these earlier races just for the money,prestige. I do believe that maybe we should have a Handicap Triple Crown for 4 year olds and up, that would be another race series casual fans can follow...
You don't have to spend millions and millions to be in the top three. Cali Chrome proved that and that's why his story appealed to so many people. And which top 3 are you talking about? Top three finishers in a race? Top three ranked by some handicapper? The situation you mention currently happens to the horses 20-23000, should we open the Kentucky Derby to all horses (based on your logic)? This is not an attack on you, just all those who want to keep things the same, without a good reason (tradition is not a reason).
With this current point system, they should also limit the Preakness and Belmont starters to those who were within the top 25 lets say.
The triple crown has changed over the years! It has been in this format only since 1931, not even 100 years. Is Sir Barton less a triple crown winner since the Belmont stakes he won was run only at one mile and 3/8th?
I would say that pre 1970/80s horses were bred for the races. Since then, horses have been bred for the sales ring.
We have to stop using 'tradition' as a word in horse racing. There have been times when the Preakness was run before the Derby. Per Wikipedia: "Since 1931, the order of Triple Crown races has been the Kentucky Derby first, followed by the Preakness Stakes, and then the Belmont Stakes. Prior to 1931, eleven times the Preakness was run before the Derby. On May 12, 1917 and again on May 13, 1922, the Preakness and the Derby were run on the same day. On eleven occasions, the Belmont Stakes was run before the Preakness Stakes." Even the distances changed: "The Belmont Stakes was 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. The current distance of a mile and half was established in 1926." When Sir Barton won the Belmont, it was run at 1 mile and 3/8ths and he only had two opponents. Gallant Fox ran against only 3 opponents. Omaha had 4. War Admiral had 6. Count Fleet had 2. Assault had 6. Citation had 7. Secretariat had 4. Seattle Slew had 7. Affirmed had 4. The races have changed with the times and I do believe that they should change again - what, I honestly don't know.
I would bring the arabian back into the bloodlines and would stick with very sound horses.
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