In Reply to: I agree with him, if these three races are grouped together as an event posted by --the triple crown-- the field should be exclusive. There hasn't been (sm) v8 on Sun, Jun 08 2014 at 11:23 PM CDT:
is why the racing world has every reason to want there to be more, not fewer, Triple Crown winners. Racing is a risky business, but still a business. People are in it in hope of making money. It just doesn't happen all that often that a horse manages a Triple Crown, and there are many reasons for the long drought, including breeding more for speed than endurance these day.
And speaking of the last time a horse won the Triple Crown and potential money to be made from it, although Alydar lost all 3 close races to Affirmed, in the end he earned much more at stud than Affirmed because he proved better at siring offspring that won races. All that glitters isn't gold, and even a Triple Crown is sometimes less of a financial windfall in the end than the owners expected. But then there's an old rule of thumb when breeding anything that if you are looking at a young stud you like, you ought to try to acquire a full brother, not a son. You know that stud's parents were able to produce him; you have no track record to go on yet as to what he himself will produce. :)
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