Posts Tagged ‘ triple crown ’

California Chrome’s Royal Debut

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on June 15, 2015

"Impossible," was Rae Guest’s reply when he was asked about California Chrome's chances at his Royal Ascot debut this June 17th.

Don't you just love those one-worded replies? So definitive, like a stake being driven through the coffin where the dream’s been placed.

It's not that Guest is a bad guy who doesn't think our boy is a fine racehorse. He seems like a decent enough chap. Some people just don’t like the view from the clouds. Call them realists or call them doubters, Guest knows how challenging the task at hand is, and how much it is to ask of a horse.

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Triple Crown Dreams

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on June 3, 2015

If the Kentucky Derby is where every horseman's dreams are made, then the Belmont Stakes is where it is often dashed. A grueling schedule, fresh horses, and freak accidents are just some of the challenges horse and rider so often face.

Nonetheless, as the first two jewels in the crown are won, onlookers cheer, and dare to join in the speculation, "Will this be the year we've finally achieved another Triple Crown?"

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Triple Crown: Afleet Alex, Pleasant Colony

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on April 8, 2015

The only horse on this list that lost the Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont, Afleet Alex's chance to win the Triple Crown ended early on in the racing season, but his powerful efforts in the Preakness and Belmont ushered in countless thoughts of "what if" after the season ended. In the 2005 Kentucky Derby, Afleet Alex came in third by less than a length behind longshot winner Giacomo...

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Triple Crown: Alysheba, Charismatic

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on March 9, 2015

A virtually ignored horse before the Derby, Alysheba had a terrific pedigree, as the son of 1978's Alydar, but had only won one of his first nine races and was the bettors' sixth choice at 8-1. However, he reached his peak at the right time. The day of the Derby saw the colt nearly knocked down by Bet Twice, only to recover and battle desperately down the stretch. In one of the most physical Derbies in recent memory, Alysheba ultimately prevailed by less than a length...

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Triple Crown: Sunday Silence, War Emblem, Silver Charm

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on February 10, 2015

Unlike the previous two selections, Sunday Silence was not ignored by any means. Picked by the experts from the outset as one of the favorites in the Derby, the California-bred horse was nonetheless overshadowed by the media's favorite and East Coast darling Easy Goer, the U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old. Easy Goer was the 4-5 favorite, with Sunday Silence as the 3-1 second choice. From the outset, the focus was on Easy and Sunday, with no other horse in the 15-horse field given much of a chance....

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Triple Crown: Funny Cide, Spectacular Bid

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on January 14, 2015

The first gelding to win the Kentucky Derby in 74 years and the only New York-bred horse to ever win, Funny Cide was given little chance to come out on top, but it was nothing personal - Kentucky's own Empire Maker was the overwhelming favorite to win at 6-5. Funny Cide began the race as a 12-1 shot but quickly found a comfortable stalking position, running third for the bulk of the race....

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Triple Crown: Smarty Jones, Real Quiet

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on January 2, 2015

Smarty Jones is generally the first horse that springs to most minds when it comes to recent near misses at the Belmont Stakes. Perhaps no horse since 1978 has captured the public's imagination as strongly as the little colt from Pennsylvania. Smarty’s road to the Kentucky Derby was a strange one. His original trainer was murdered by his own stepson the year Smarty was born. Then, as a 2-year-old, he was spooked when being trained for the starting gate and reared up, smashing his head against the roof...

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Triple Crown: Big Brown

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on December 18, 2014
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In June of 1978, Florida-trained thoroughbred Affirmed held off a late charge by Alydar and won the Belmont Stakes, securing the 11th Triple Crown in U.S. horse racing history. As Affirmed was the third Triple Crown winner in a six-year stretch, many horse racing enthusiasts had no reason to suspect that they wouldn't see another one in the near future. But over 33 years later, there has been no horse able to match Affirmed's perfect Triple Crown year...

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Synthetic Tracks Give Way to Dirt in U.S.

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on December 17, 2014
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The recent announcement by authorities at Keeneland Race Course that the horse racing venue will be replacing its synthetic track with a dirt track in time for the fall season in October, has highlighted the ongoing debate about which racetrack surfaces are safest for the horses that run on them. Statistics related to equine injuries released by the Jockey Club earlier this month revealed that, with a fatality rate in 2013 of 0.33 per 1,000 starts, Keeneland is one of the safest tracks in the United States, primarily due to the synthetic surface it installed in 2006. So, the decision to return to a dirt track, which statistically is more dangerous for horses, appears counter-intuitive...

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A Tribute to the First Triple Crown Winner

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on June 16, 2014

The level of excitement generated for the Belmont Stakes was largely driven by the hope that California Chrome would become the first winner of the Triple Crown since Affirmed's victory in 1978, but to the disappointment of many, this was not the outcome. Tonalist crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Commissioner, Medal Count, and the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner finished the race in fourth place...

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