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American Pharaoh Won the Triple Crown

Hilander

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Update: On June 6, 2015, American Pharaoh won the Belmont Stakes and took the Triple Crown.

California Chrome had it all. The three-year-old thoroughbred won the Kentucky Derby last year. Two weeks later, he topped the field at the Preakness, becoming the only horse bred in the Golden State to ever win both races. Then, on June 7, 2014, he was about to run the Belmont Stakes, the final race in the so-called Triple Crown. The last horse to win all three of these races was Affirmed in 1978, but maybe Chrome had a chance to bring the title into the 21st century: The colt had a prime starting position, second in the gate. The odds were on his side, at 3-5. His legion of fans, the #Chromies, mustered on Twitter.

But Chrome fell short. Tying for fourth, he became the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to fail in the third in almost 40 years. The winner at Belmont, Tonalist, hadn’t raced in the Derby or the Preakness, and in a post-race interview, Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn argued that the Triple Crown should be a closed circuit: No parachuting in to run the Belmont if you haven’t already run the previous races in the series. “It’s not fair to the horses that have been in the game since day one,” Coburn said. “It’s all or nothing. This is the coward’s way out.”
http://www.wired.com/2015/06/science-says-american-pharoah-wont-win-triple-crown/

After reading this article I think Coburn is right. You should have to be in all three races or none. It really isn't fair to the horses that do. Also these races are so hard on the horses they should space them a little further apart. At least a week between the first and second and two more weeks between the second and third. The last race is longer than the first two.

I think its amazing American Pharaoh won, first time since 1978 when Affirmed won it. The owners will make millions off stud fees. This goose has laid a golden egg.

Thoughts?
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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Awesome to see the first Triple Crown on my lifetime. Who knows if we'll ever see another one.

I don't think horses should have to compete in all three races. The owners don't want to spend all that money for their horses to compete when they know they have no shot at winning. Yeah, it's hard to win a Triple Crown, but that's what makes it so special when it does happen.
 

Hilander

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These races are so hard on horses that they should at the very least space them further apart to make it more fair if new horses have entered the race and for them to heal.

From the OP article.
That’s no easy feat, even for a racehorse. When a horse runs a tough race (or has a new workout at a longer distance), its muscles break down. Then, during rest, they reknit and adapt. Your muscles do the same thing. “It’s a part of exercising at the top of their game,” Thunes says. “You have to give them time before ramping them up again over a new distance.” The trio of strenuous races combined with minimal downtime pushes horses to their limits. For many horses, the time between the Derby and Preakness might not be enough time to heal completely, leaving them with even more muscular damage to deal with before the Belmont.
 

Konshentz

Konshentz
I'm with Major... I don't think they should have to race all three.

I'm also fine with the schedule.

I didn't catch any of it this year, but my mom is a huge fan, so I usually catch a bit. Quite impressive.
 

Millz

Better Call Saul
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I didn't watch the first two races but my parents and I made it a point and watched the Belmont before we headed over to my cousin's party. That was pretty cool to see live.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
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I'm afraid this year I missed all the races. Seemed like when they were having them I was busy and forgot about them. I had to read about it the next day.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
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Saratoga claims another victim. Zayat is already talking about retirement.
 
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