By Ken Selvaggi - email
WAVE 3 News Vice President and General Manager
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was an interesting juxtaposition this past weekend.
While area firefighters were turning in donations totaling more than half of the more than five and a half million dollars raised for the Crusade for Children - representing the best of who we are - one of the co-owners of California Chrome was representing our worst - calling some of his competitors cowards and cheaters.
Fortunately, he has apologized. The merits of what else Steve Coburn said should certainly be considered.
While requiring qualifying horses to run in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and not selectively choosing one or two may not be the best idea, what prompts the comments are concerns regarding horses that lie in wait for the Belmont, skipping one of the previous two Triple Crown races.
Twenty five years ago, Sunday Silence and Easy Goer captivated us in all three races, with Sunday Silence winning the Derby and Preakness and Easy Goer winning the Belmont. Thirty-six years ago, Affirmed beat Alydar three times to win the Triple Crown. It does make it more interesting to see the horses battle against each other in all the races, but requiring it may also make the races less appealing, as it will deny some horses who may be hurt for one of the races an opportunity to run, and would preclude other potentially very impressive horses from running.
Running the Preakness and Belmont a week later may better achieve the hope of more horses competing in all three races than requiring the horses to do it. That is an idea that has merit and should be considered.
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