Who Wants To Win A Triple Crown Race?

Someone get Regis or Drew Carey. We have quite the little game show on our hands over the next 12 days.

If you’ve ever owned, trained or rode a horse in any capacity, you can win a Triple Crown race on May 21 at Pimlico.

(It helps if you have tons of money.)

The most exciting race at the middle jewel of the triple crown won’t be two minutes late on Saturday afternoon.  It’s the race to get a horse – any horse – entered in one of the country’s most prestigious races.

As we saw in the Kentucky Derby (presented by Yuck! Brands), the 19 horses that broke from the gate looked like the starters from the Ack Ack. It’s the worst crop of three-year-olds I’ve seen since I started following this sport religiously about a decade or so ago.

And it’s not even close.

On a super fast track, Animal Kingdom beat a driving Nehro and dead Shackleford to clock in at 2:02 flat. That wouldn’t even impress Shania Twain that much.

I’m not knocking Animal Kingdom. Kudos to any horse who wins the game of roulette the Kentucky Derby has morphed into on the first Saturday in May. It’s an improbable race to predict. Trust me, I’ve never cashed a ticket on a Derby winner.

Graham Motion, the trainer of the surprise winner, probably will find his horse as the second or third choice when they break from the gate. Dialed In will likely run against Animal Kingdom at Old Hilltop. Same goes for Much Macho Man and Shackleford. Mr. Motion has never been in the catbird seat in his racing life before.

If you thought the Derby was wide open, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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