Joy (cithra) wrote,

two down, one to go

We might just have a Triple Crown winner this year in Smarty Jones, it seems. It's been since the 1970s, although as I recall some of that might be owners of Derby winners declining to run their horses in the Preakness or (more likely) the Belmont. I remember reading some weak-kneed nattering about how the Triple Crown wasn't such a big deal anymore, blah blah whatever. Better to suck it up and admit you don't think your horse is up to a mile and a half race - some largish number aren't, it is true - but why not at least try?

Kentucky Derby - 1.25 mile
Preakness Stakes - 1.1875 mile
Belmont Stakes - 1.50 mile

Of course, part of why it's such a famous trio of races is the varying lengths - to win all three a horse has to be strong and versatile - you can take the first two with a sprinter, but the Belmont requires speed and stamina.

It should be a good race to watch - it will be fun to see what happens. Apparently the Preakness distance phased his Smarty-ness not at all: not only did he come in some 11-plus lengths ahead of the rest of the field, he apparently was looking for more, on the order of "we have to STOP now? I was just getting into it!"

[See, my horse craziness didn't so much go away as mutate. And hey - pastern was the answer to a crossword clue yesterday, so its even been of use.]

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