Jenny Kellner is an award-winning journalist and educator who has written about horse racing for more than 20 years. She has been a media specialist with NYRA for the past four years.
The reason horses don't win Triple Crowns anymore is b/c of men like D. Wayne Lukas, who trains & enters only DISTANCE horses as Belmont spoilers. I actually blame Lukas (and others of his ilk) for disappointing millions of Americans who positively YEARN for another horse hero like Seabiscuit, to uplift our national spirit in troubled times. Why has it been 34 years, really? Because of cheaters & crooks in a crooked business. Now. Also notice the way I'll Have Another was strangely prevented from wearing his harmless nasal flap this Saturday. If ANYTHING bad happens to that horse after the race, due to such an arbitrary ruling (no "drugs" involved in nasal strips, after all)--I would launch an aggressive investigation into ANIMAL CRUELTY. Think about it. Aren't they just piling on to that horse's trainer, by imposing a stiff penalty on him prior to the race, etc. etc.? Don't take it out on the horse, for God's sake. Let him wear the damn nasal strips!
Great article Jenny! You are right. It doesn't seem like yesterday. But sure doesn't feel like 34 years ago either. Hope that I'll Have Another makes history.
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