Friday, June 15, 2012

Horsing around

"Belmont entrant Guyana Star Dweej bites the hat of an exercise rider Luis Gracia during morning workouts in preparation for the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York."

Sometimes when everyone expects things to be big, bold and exciting, they get exactly that, but with a twist.

In New York for the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, media, race fans and everyone alike were gearing up for what could have been the first Triple Crown win since Affirmed in 1978 - 34 years ago.

I'll Have Another was coming into the Belmont Stakes perfect - with wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. But then everything changed.

He was scratched from Saturday’s Belmont because of a problem with his left front leg.

I was there in the morning for workouts, but only got off a handful of frames of the Triple Crown hopeful. Tough to think what could have been an exciting history making effort.

But that's what I love about the world. Nothing is ever normal. Things change and we all must adapt. Who knows what could have happened or not happened, but I do know it made for an interesting day.


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