Now, this is where I draw the line, as much or more than when the green eyeshade types fudged the DOW in the 1990s. “Green eyeshade types" (which could be applied to all those who game systems for money) is not my unique term – it was first used by
The Triple Crown aspiration for a proud race horse used to be sacrosanct. And then, for some reason, the goobers at the top altered the rules so that horses didn’t have to compete in each leg of the Crown. But then, WTF is the point? It would be about like having a College Final Four tournament and three of the end teams were allowed to just lolli-plop in there without having to play earlier opponents in earlier rounds. So they'd have a distinct advantage over the lone team that has plowed through every round.
Of course, assorted media nitwits don't agree. Jay Privmann (who's incredibly covered horse racing for 30 years), said in the aftermath (making my head explode):
"Whether or not a Triple Crown happens should not be the guiding force on how the Triple Crown is scheduled. It's a great event, a great series of races. And I don't think it should be altered just to accommodate a horse trying to win all three of them."
Hey, nitwit! It was altered - since 1978! (That was the year of the last winner, 'Afformed'). So Privmann has it exactly ass -backwards. In other words, the alteration was done NOT to accommodate a horse or owner trying to win all three. In the end, Privmann - for all his gushing - doesn't get that the Triple Crown has thereby become meaningless: a wistful echo of the past, that mayhap one bionic filly may win, but no normal horse has a chance. It's all about the betting, the moola! Deal with it!
The only reason to preserve increased fields – whether in NFL playoffs or Triple Crown races - is money! Thus, the more contenders, the more different bets can be made on the supposed potential winners. This is one more sign of how our nation has even degraded its sports competitions by the excess veneration of money.
The owners of Secretariat - who won in '73 and wanted to welcome Chrome into the magic winners' ring- will have to wait past the time the Sun inflates to a Red Giant - if then - before any more Triple Crown winners emerge. In other words, they never will - not under the current gamed system.
Advice to horse owners: Don't even think of running your horse for the Triple Crown. Under the existing 'loaded' system at work, it makes more sense to play spoiler for those who do! The cost to benefits ratio is clearly insurmountable for those seeking a Triple Crown.
A day later Coburn apologized for his words, but I don't believe he should have. In that first instant he simply told more truth than most can accept in our now re-vamped "modern" horse racing world - where the 1 percent rule, like they do everyplace else!