Any interest in the Triple Crown?

Thomas Veil

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Honestly, I’m not a big horse racing fan, but for some reason I’m drawn to this three part event every year.

Maybe it’s the pageantry and spectacle (the fancy clothes, the extravagant hats, the call to post); maybe it’s the chance to see something odd, like a couple years ago when one horse threw his rider straight out of the gate and then proceeded to run the race without him…

But the “fastest two minutes in sports” (today’s Kentucky Derby) and its other two jewels have, over the last few years, held a fascination for me…especially when one horse goes on to win all three races.

As in most years, I don’t even know who’s running yet, but my wife and I will check them out today and find one to root for. 😁
 

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Honestly, I’m not a big horse racing fan, but for some reason I’m drawn to this three part event every year.

Maybe it’s the pageantry and spectacle (the fancy clothes, the extravagant hats); maybe it’s the chance to see something odd, like a couple years ago when one horse threw his rider straight out of the gate and then proceeded to run the race without him…

But the “fastest two minutes in sports” (today’s Kentucky Derby) and its other two jewels have, over the last few years, held a fascination for me…especially when one horse goes all on to win all three races.

As in most years, I don’t even know who’s running yet, but my wife and I will check them out today and find one to root for. 😁

When I spotted the thread title I assumed that you meant the rugby union "triple crown" competition.

I must admit that I had no idea that this term also applied to a particular horse race (or three specific horse races?)
 

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Maybe it’s the pageantry and spectacle
No, it is the cocktails. I saw Rachel Maddow showing us how to make a mint julep on Derby Day some years ago. It has to be the cocktails.

My best friend ended up with four hayburners a couple decades ago. One of them was a Quarter Horse (thoroughbreds are Arabian/Quarter crosses) and when I watched her walking that mare up the driveway, I thought, “if that is a Quarter Horse, I shudder to think what a whole horse would look like”. Joke was on me, though: a few months later the fifth horse appeared.
 

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We usually watch, certainly the Derby, but almost always all three races. Mint Julips, good bourbon, a hot brown!
 

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Honestly, I’m not a big horse racing fan, but for some reason I’m drawn to this three part event every year.

Maybe it’s the pageantry and spectacle (the fancy clothes, the extravagant hats, the call to post); maybe it’s the chance to see something odd, like a couple years ago when one horse threw his rider straight out of the gate and then proceeded to run the race without him…

But the “fastest two minutes in sports” (today’s Kentucky Derby) and its other two jewels have, over the last few years, held a fascination for me…especially when one horse goes on to win all three races.

As in most years, I don’t even know who’s running yet, but my wife and I will check them out today and find one to root for. 😁
I’m more of a Three Crowns fan myself, but spectacles can be fun. Fancy clothes, extravagant hats, hmm, I’ll try to catch some of it. Thanks!
 

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Say what?


Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a positive postrace drug test, one that prompted Churchill Downs to suspend Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert immediately on Sunday in the latest scandal to plague the sport.
Baffert denied all wrongdoing and promised to be fully transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during its investigation. Baffert’s barn received word Saturday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone, which is sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses...
“I got the biggest gut-punch in racing for something that I didn’t do,” Baffert said of the failed test. “And it’s disturbing. It’s an injustice to the horse. ... I don’t know what’s going on in racing right now, but there’s something not right. I don’t feel embarrassed. I feel like I was wronged. We’re going to do our own investigation. We’re going to be transparent with the racing commission, like we’ve always been.
Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse known to have failed a drug test in just over a year. Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson, Baffert said his barn was told that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of betamethasone — slightly more than double what the trainer said was the allowable amount — in a postrace sample.

I honestly don't know what to think. Baffert's a great trainer who doesn't need to cheat, and he doesn't come across as someone shady at all. OTOH, five horses? If he's not doing it, something weird is going on.
 

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Oh my god…

No wonder this happened—Trump wasn’t in office! 😂


What a horse’s ass.
 
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