The Triple Crown
The Triple Crown is something that the sporting world sort of overlooks for 362 days of the year. Then again it is horse racing so the aspect of human involvement is limited slightly. That being said, it is a feat that is one of the rarest, if not the rarest in all of sports. There really is no equal to the effort and luck it takes to win the short Kentucky Derby, the long Preakness, and the massive Belmont in the span of time that is only a little more than a month and a half. For the horses, its kind of like running the Tour De France twice in the same year, something that would take quite alot of determination and skill. Since 1900 only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and 45(46 if Mind That Bird wins today) have won 2 of the 3 races and only 21 have won the Derby and the Preakness and then lost in the final race at the very long Belmont Stakes. I’ve never missed any of the races since I’ve been born and although this year we will not see a Triple Crown winner, it is still worth watching a great peice of American tradition in the Belmont stakes. So thats my two cents, you’ve got 5 mins to spare, the race coverage begins at 5.30 and the race will run around 6.15…so go ahead and watch, its alot of fun.
**Interesting fact–If “Mind That Bird” wins the race today, his jockey Calvin Borel will have ridden the winning horse in all three races Rachel Alexander (a Filly, won the Preakness) and Mind That Bird in the Kentucky Derby.**
This video is of Secretariat winning the Crown, and doing it in amazing fashion. If you’ve ever watch a horse race before you’ll truely understand how badly he beats the rest of the field. Its quite something to see.