Asher's death has stunned the Louisville community, as well as the thoroughbred industry. Once the news hit, many took to Twitter to share their condolences for the family of the 62-year-old vice president.
The premature retirement of Justify is only the latest example of thoroughbred racing's unique dilemma. It is a business more than a sport. And that can break the hearts of those who appreciate the majesty of the animals and the opportunity to bet on them.
In the royal family of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness is the disheveled uncle who stumbles into the party reeking of National Premium beer and wearing clothes that came from the Salvation Army.
Memo to the owners, trainers, and jockeys of the 19 thoroughbreds who finished behind Justify in the 144th Kentucky Derby, which also will be known henceforth as The Derby from Weather Hell: Take your excuses to somebody who cares.
Justify and Magnum Moon might prove the best 3-year-olds of their generation. That does not make either Saturday's Kentucky Derby winner. Favorites have won five straight years. That's the streak I think ends.