Apply Even Pressure

What’s that gushing sound? It’s the sound of a bleeding and mortally wounded Triple Crown series. Has anybody at the NTRA got a clue or a tourniquet? With his announcement that Street Sense has, in effect, completed his spring campaign and will skip the Belmont and plan for the fall, Nafzger has disappointed many and dealt another blow to the Belmont Stakes. As Carl said before. “What’s the point?” and today you got the answer, there is no point of running a mile and half in June. Especially if it might compromise your chances of winning the Breeders Cup Classic in October. While it seems as if Nafzger is willing to hand off the three-year old championship to Curlin in the short term. He hopes that a win in the Travers and a win or good showing in the Breeders Cup would cancel out Curlin’s championship hopes (provided he wins the Belmont). It’s a huge, unconventional gamble and evidence of a new paradigm where all that really matters is that Classic win and the Breeders Cup Classic. The Triple Crown series has no inherent value of its own; it no longer matters.

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