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How C19 Has Changed The Triple Crown Of Horse Racing

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It will not be business as usual. We already know that the Belmont Stakes has been relegated to a prep race, with points being offered towards Kentucky Derby qualification. So what happens to the third leg of the triple crown? My bets are down that the Breeders Cup adds a 3 year old restricted race at a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half. @Lemondropkid.

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8 hours ago, Kathmandu said:

It will not be business as usual. We already know that the Belmont Stakes has been relegated to a prep race, with points being offered towards Kentucky Derby qualification. So what happens to the third leg of the triple crown? My bets are down that the Breeders Cup adds a 3 year old restricted race at a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half. @Lemondropkid.

Hi Kathmandu- I'm way, way behind the news here. Had not picked up on the  changes to Triple Crown schedule, in my lockdowned state

I'm am therefore unqualified to comment on developments but in the spirit of the times, I'll dive right in with speculation😀

I like the creativity US racing are showing in re-jigging the schedule but slightly shocked by it- changing the distance of the Belmont🤯 Any change like that would never be allowed in the UK or Ireland to any of the classic races, the breeding industry for one would have a collective heart attack.

So given the innate conservatism in racing I'd bet on Preakness staying as a stand alone event in October, rather than being rolled into the Breeders Cup. Would moving the Preakness away from Pimlico, signal the end for Pimlico??

More of an outside bet but I could definitely see if allowed (either allowed to ship or qualified ) European runners in the Preakness with the timing of October. The big  Europrean mile and a quarter races the Juddmonte International at York in August, and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown (Dublin) in September.

Dropping an extremely valuable 10 furlong race into October will have Aidan O'Brien and even Monsieur Fabre very interested, particularly the former. Don't think Dermot Weld has the ammunition theses days but I'm all for a second Irish winner of a Triple Crown race 🇮🇪🇮🇪

Hope you are backing all the winners at Fonner Park😀

 

 

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I know absolutely nothing about horse racing in the US but I went once whilst on a golfing holiday to Florida.

The track I went to was I think the one featured at the start of Miami Vice with the flamingo's although I don't remember seeing any so maybe it wasn't . It certainly was a lot different from a wet afternoon at Musselburgh. 🤣

I got to the track very early in my Alamo rental car when the car park was quiet empty. I went to leave before the start of the last race to beat the traffic except there were now a zillion cars parked round the track and I had no idea where I left the rental. I had to wait ages for most to leave before I found it again.

Three days later I called into a bar on my way back from golf to get a cold beer and got roped in by a great bunch of US ex-vets into playing pool ( I was crap) and darts ( got my money back) and drinking large amounts of alcohol. Had to get a taxi back to my hotel but in the morning had no idea of the name of the bar where my rental was parked with my golf clubs in the boot. I had to get another taxi to retrace my route back from the golf course to find the bar and my rental.

I could mention my parking horror story at the Bob Hope Classic at The Belfry but I have digressed enough. 😀

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54 minutes ago, Jambo said:

The track I went to was I think the one featured at the start of Miami Vice with the flamingo's although I don't remember seeing any so maybe it wasn't

The track used for Miami Vice was Hialeah Park.  There are others in Florida,  Gulfstream Parks comes to mind.

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10 hours ago, Lemondropkid said:

Hope you are backing all the winners at Fonner Park😀

 

lol...I almost got desperate enough to play Fonner and then a miracle happened..Santa Anita started racing again! 

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One good thing here in Australia is that horse racing has conitinued. There are no crowds and they have set up zones so only the same trainers, jockeys and officials attend meetings in their zone.

It is keeping me semi normal being able to have a bet still.

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4 hours ago, thegrogmonster said:

One good thing here in Australia is that horce racing has conitinued. There are no crowds and they have set up zones so only the same trainers, jockeys and officials attend meetings in their zone.

It is keeping me semi normal being able to have a bet still.

You Aussies are always practical and pragmatic. How about a hot tip for this weekend? 😃

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1 hour ago, Kathmandu said:

You Aussies are always practical and pragmatic. How about a hot tip for this weekend? 😃

I don't like giving out tips as I feel guilty when they lose.

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@Kathmandu just watched an interview with Wesley Ward said his best 2 year old colt Fauci (not going to properly with the Republican horseplayers), will be out June 3rd at Belmont Park.

He has provisionally booked the  horse Doctor onto a June 5th flight to head to Royal Ascot, "if he's as good as I think he is"

Will be very short odds on I'd guess but nice to look forward to the decent horses coming out again- farewell to Will Rogers Downs😁

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