Rich Strike defeating Epicenter in the Kentucky Derby
Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher has run 62 horses in the Kentucky Derby, but only four of those runners have competed two weeks later in the Triple Crown’s second leg, the Preakness Stakes, which will be conducted at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., for the 147th time on Saturday. Two of those who competed in both races were Kentucky Derby winners Super Saver and Always Dreaming.
Only three of the 20 starters in this year’s Derby will contest the Preakness, and most notable of the absentees is Rich Strike, who won the roses in an 80-1 upset but will bypass the second leg of the Triple Crown to train up to the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
With so few horses in this era running in all of the Triple Crown races, rivalries like Affirmed and Alydar, Sunday Silence and Easy Goer, and Real Quiet and Victory Gallop are unlikely to materialize. Rivalries in sports are a good thing.
In this week’s edition of the Friday Show, publisher Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills debate the pluses and minuses of making changes to the current scheduling of the three classic races over a five-week period when so many trainers are spacing races a month or more apart.
Is it time to change the Triple Crown schedule?
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