Well, the world of thoroughbred racing had its heart broken on Preakness Day when Orb finished fourth in the Preakness this past Saturday, May 18, 2013, so it will be another year before racing can dream of a Triple Crown winner. It will now be 36 years since the Triple Crown has gone unclaimed when the Triple Crown races roll around next year. This is the longest Triple Crown drought in racing’s history, as there was a 25 year drought between Citation (1948) and Secretariat (1973).
That, my readers, is horse racing.
[adinserter block=”1″]I have to admit, that as a blogger, my job is to be objective, and accurate. As they say, “just the facts, ma’am.” Of course, like all writers, and everyone on the planet, I have a bias. The key is that I have to try my best to keep my bias in check.
That being said, I think after Orb won the Preakness, I confess that I got caught up in all the hoopla over his trainer, Shug MacGaughey finally winning, and the horse’s breeding, that I was not being the analyst I was supposed be. I apologize to my readers for that.
Let’s examine the coverage and the race itself with my favorite device: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Jockey Gary Stevens: Stevens, 50, came out of retirement some months ago, and became the oldest jockey to win a Triple Crown race, when Oxbow won the Preakness. I really was happy for Gary, even though I wanted to see a Triple Crown attempt.
D.Wayne Lukas: The legendary trainer wins his sixth Preakness. Many in the sport thought he was through, but never count this maverick out. One of the very best there is.
Calumet Farm: Calumet at its height, was one of racing’s powerhouses. One could argue that the farm, with its legendary Devil’s Red and Blue colors, was the equivalent of the New York Yankees. The farm fell on hard times in the 1990’s, but new owner, Brad Kelley is trying to revive the farm. It is a great sight to see Oxbow, who is owned by Calumet (the original silks were sold) in the winner’s circle.
Kentucky Derby Winner Orb: Orb finished fourth. From watching the race, it just seemed like Orb did not get the race scenario he was looking for. Many people, including the experts, and I thought the #1 post position was not going to bother him. We were all wrong.
Orb was bottled up on the inside. Joel Rosario, his jockey, tried his best to get the horse into the race, but it was not the horse’s day. I also don’t think Orb got that face pace like he got in the Derby.
I saw the large majority of NBC’s coverage. I did hear the race on the radio, but I did see the race on YouTube, and watched it several times. The coverage was not as bad as the Derby, and they kept that useless Michelle Beadle in check.
However, was just awful was Beadle’s interview with jockey Rosie Napravnik. Beadle asked her some of the same stupid questions that were asked to women jockeys 20 years ago. Beadle asked Rosie some dumb question about being a woman jockey and winning a Triple Crown race, or something like that. Do reporters do their homework? Earth to Ms. Beadle, Julie Krone won the 1993 Belmont Stakes on Colonial Affair.
Well, that is my analysis of Preakness 138. To my horse racing readers, don’t fret, I remain optimistic that the Crown will be claimed. Some horse. Some day.
[adinserter block=”2″]I leave you with the 1978 Belmont Stakes, where Affirmed became the 11th, and as of now, the last Triple Crown Winner. (I still wished my beloved Alydar had changed his leads.)
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