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Breeders' Cup 2017

Super Saver Comes Up Empty

The drought continues. For the 32nd straight year - tacking on yet one more year in the ongoing record of Triple Crown futility - there will be no sweep of racing's most coveted prize.

The only horse who could have headed to the June 5 Belmont Stakes with a chance at the Triple Crown was Super Saver, the Kentucky Derby winner who was a 19-10 favorite when a field of 12 3-year-olds went postward Saturday in the 135th Preakness at Pimlico. But it became painfully apparent as the field neared the quarter pole that this was not to be his day.

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It is being cheapened by breeding for speed for 2 year olds. I want to do something about that. Number 1, No earnings before Dec 1st are counted. If you want to better the breed, you have to lay it out so that it propagates it.
But, we've had some close calls, too. Curlin & Point Given needed a third start going into the Derby (like Lucky), Silver Charm lost the crown on a head-bob to Touch Gold AND a $5 million Visa bonus. Smarty Jones would have done it if Elliot hadn't got sucked into that front-end duel with Bailey & Solis (1:11.3 -at six furlongs!!!!) Barbaro ? maybe. But it truly makes it special- when it happens!!
Want to cheapen it by letting some sub par colt retain immortailty? It is a tough road even for the best that is why it is so rare.
A triple crown winner may never come at this fading pace.

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