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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Too Short For A Column


If Rachel Alexandra, the fabulous filly of horse racing, enters the Belmont and wins it, hers would be a bedazzling achievement the likes of which is rarely seen. She'll have won the fillies-only Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs by more than 20 lengths the day before the Derby. She'll have beaten the Derby winner (Mine That Bird) and 11 other males two weeks later in the Preakness. Then she'll have punked them all again in the Belmont. And all while changing barns, trainers and owners halfway through.

But the question is: what do we call the feat? I think it's as good as a Triple Crown -- anybody who's ever laid down a $2 bet knows she would've bested the Derby field -- but you can't call it that because she wasn't entered in all three. It's something like the year Tiger Woods won four straight majors over two seasons -- 2000-2001. It wasn't really the Grand Slam, but it was damn close. So we sportswriters came up with The Tiger Slam. How about the The Triple Tiara? It's not a crown, but it's close. Alexandra the Great would become, in my book, the greatest filly of all time. And what would we call Calvin Borel's feat of becoming the first jockey to win a Triple Crown on two different horses? How about: The Triple Transfer?