So I know that I am not alone in wanting a Triple Crown Winner in 2012. It has been 34 long years since we have had one (it hasn’t happened in my lifetime). Everyone has been saying that it cannot be done with how thoroughbreds are today, and maybe it can’t be, but man I hope that there is enough magic left in this magnificent breed for another triple crown.
Everyone says that Thoroughbreds are more delicate than they were in the past. Many of them only race a few times, not every other week like they did for 50 years ago. Most Thoroughbred owners complain of weak feet, but new improvements in shoeing mean that most race horses don’t have to worry about that particular deficit. The claims are that they colic more, they break more legs, tear more tendons, etc than they used too.
I know a lot of people who read my blog hate horse racing in general. I actually don’t. I think a lot of the things that happen are wrong, but I feel the same way about dressage and other horse sports. If it were not for racing I wouldn’t have Gennyral and Lucky in my life. Even my Phoenix is a byproduct of the racing injury.
So there have been other close calls, but none of them have meant as much to me as this year. I really, really want I’ll Have Another to win. Why you ask?
Because the third leg of the triple crown is on Ktlyn615’s wedding day!
I know I won’t be able to watch the race live, but I do think that it would be very lucky to get married on the same day that a new triple crown winner happens. Plus the horses name is I’ll Have Another. I know that it is in reference to cookies, but it still seems like an appropriate name to wish on for my best friends from college.
The thing is, I really think there is a good chance that this will actually happen. I’ll have another is a total closer who almost ran out of space in the Preakness. The Belmont is a mile and a half which I feel like is a better distance for him. Believe me, I understand all to well that is is going to be a challenge to keep I’ll Have Another sound and ready to go in just three weeks.
I just really hope that the stars align! Anyone else out there excited about another triple crown winner?