Saturday, June 7, 2014

California Chrome Loses Bid for Triple Crown:

I have to agree with the very pissed off and disappointed owners of California Chrome after todays loss at Belmont.  They allow any horse with enough qualifying points to enter the Triple Crown races, even if that horse has been sitting out resting on it's ass for months prior to the big race when the contenders who's won the Kentucy Derby, then the Preakness, and now has to run again in the longest race, the Belmont at 1 mile and a half..  It really isn't fair.  I agree with the owners, When it comes to the Triple Crown series, whoever gets into the Kentucky Derby at the beginning of the Triple is the only one's allowed in the entire three race series.  Other horses get to rest up and come to the Belmont refreshed and in a sence brand new, while the others who've been racing are sore, tired, and exhausted. It truley does look to me like "the coward's way out"  as the owner of Chrome bitterly put it.  I love how Tonalist's (the Belmont winner) owners were asked that question in the winner's circle during their shining moment.  Really took away from their "moment" too.  lol   You could tell by his response of 'no comment' how offended and ticked he was to have his shining moment stolen by a very public reality check on the fairness of the rules concerning his win.  I wonder if this publicity on the matter will stick, causing the racing committees to change the rules and only horses who've actully COMPETED be allowed to run in the triple crown's three races. Everyone else with qualifying points should be able to run in the Breeder's Cup, sure but leave the Triple crown to those who EARN the right to claim it. And that being, the horses who've been there from the Kentucky Derby on.  It does make you feel pissed that you can have a horse win or not even win but just run in the Kentucky Derby, run again in the Preakness, then some horse who didn't run in either of those races, come in after resting for months after his last race come in and win the Belmont taking all the credit and the record status of that race.  Those three races are close together, and that's part of the REASON they call it the Triple Crown.  It's not just stakes races.  It's a series.  The reward of winning is because the same horse has to win all three that close together to get the title. It actually makes sence you should select an original 20 horses at the begining of the Derby and only those 20 are eligible to run in the three races. With scratches and such that can happen, the field always dwindles down to 5-8 horses by the time the Belmont comes anyway, so it makes perfect sence.  Hope it's a rule change to come.  Very disappointing day in New York.    

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