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Entertainment, Music & Sports Discuss The 2012 Belmont Stakes at the General Discussion; J. Paul Reddam, the owner of I'll Have Another, was doubtless wise in pulling the thoroughbred from the Belmont Stakes, ...

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Old 06-10-2012, 01:52 PM
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Default The 2012 Belmont Stakes

J. Paul Reddam, the owner of I'll Have Another, was doubtless wise in pulling the thoroughbred from the Belmont Stakes, due to an injury to the horse's left tendon. Anyone who still remembers the fate of Barbaro (who easily won the Kentucky Derby in 2006, but then shattered his leg at the Preakness; and eventually had to be euthenized because of complications from the injury, in January 2007) will likely agree.

Still, it almost seems as though the fates have conspired to prevent any further Triple Crown winners since 1978, when Affirmed achieved that honor. (Actually, it was accomplished three times in the 1970s--Secretariat did it in 1973, and Seattle Slew came through similarly in 1977.)

There have been several Double Crown winners in the interim--to whatever extent that this might serve as any balm--but that is about it.

My guess is that very few people will even remember the name, Union Rags (the horse that won yesterday's mile-and-a-half race) for very long, just as very few people remember that Paul Lawrie won the 1999 British Open; most just remember that Jean van de Velde lost it, with a triple bogey on the 72nd hole (which resulted in a three-way playoff).

And, in a way, that is unfair to Union Rags and the horse's jockey...
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