California Chrome's bid Saturday to win the Triple Crown has the horse racing world captivated, but the achievement actually could be detrimental to spurring more interest in the sport.
Some who follow racing argue that the 36-year dry spell without a Triple Crown winner is one of the best things to happen to the industry.
Horse racing is all about the chase, the pageantry, the legends. The language of race coverage is dripping with more sugar than a mint julep. If California Chrome wins, some fear the legend and the heartbreaking near misses will need another three decades or so to rebuild into the chest-clenching anticipation the industry has achieved thanks to the lack of a hero horse winning the ultimate prize.
If victorious, California Chrome will become only the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown when he runs at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y.