If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
That seems to be the prevailing attitude toward American horse racing’s Triple Crown whenever agents of change suggest tinkering with the timing or distances of the trio of 3-year-old classics.
In an era when trainers are looking for a minimum of four to five weeks between races, is a Triple Crown that has three races over five weeks going to get the best, most competitive fields? No horses this year ran in all three races and it has become almost standard operating procedure for horses who lose the Derby to skip the Preakness. In other words, while many think the Triple Crown ain’t broke, there are those who believe it ain’t what it used to be, either.
In this week’s edition of the Friday Show, publisher Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills are joined by Jennifer Kelly to discuss possible changes to the Triple Crown. Kelly, in addition to having just joined the Paulick Report team as weekend editor, is the author of “Sir Barton And The Making Of The Triple Crown,” a biography of the first horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. She’s currently working on a second Triple Crown book focusing on Gallant Fox and Omaha.
Nevills and Paulick also unveil the Star of the Week, brought to you by Woodbine, which gets its 2021 meet under way on Saturday.
Watch this week’s show, presented by Monmouth Park, below:
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