We have the drama once again: A horse will try to make history at the Belmont Stakes on June 6th. American Pharoah is the 14th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed won what’s called the hardest test in sport back in 1978.
Despite the torrential downpour at Pimlico on Saturday, American Pharaoh emerged victorious in the Preakness. Personally, I was shocked that they didn’t delay the race. I am not an avid horse racing fan, but the conditions were absolutely horrific, and disaster seemed imminent as the horses were making their turns – fortunately, none of the animals took a tumble.
So will American Pharoah do it? My head and heart both think something will prevent him from becoming the 12th winner of the Triple Crown. Maybe I’m still bitter over the fact that Philly’s own Smarty Jones was denied in 2004, but I have a feeling the elusive Triple Crown will not be his. There could be a training incident, which has occurred in the past before the third leg, or the wear and tear that lead up to the 1.5 mile Belmont, and longest leg in the Triple Crown, might get the best of him. But, we shall see if the 37-year drought finally comes to an end this year. Despite the long odds, it’s always an exciting possibility.