The unattainable Triple Crown
Sometimes, the most time-tested, reliable tenants will blow up right under your nose. Sometimes, the thing that you're chasing is beyond reason and reach.Shackelford, a washed-out, fractious mess minutes before the Preakness -- a throwout -- found healing and calm reserve while running beneath a brilliantly executed ride by Jesus Castenon and outlasted Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, a shocking result in the eyes of most.
Perhaps the many demands of three races in five weeks are beyond the modern American thoroughbred, which is now prepared for the task with as few as two races in four months.
The potential emergence of an American "super horse" seems only to be more and more remote.
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THE TRIPLE CROWN
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• Eskendereya cruises in the Wood Memorial
• Drosselmeyer's feet seem OK after work
• Belmont: First Dude could be one to catch