Rachel Alexandra’s win in the Preaknessmeans that we’ll have another year without a Triple Crown. So many believe that Belmont and ABC's most marketable play is to hope that the fabulous filly comes back for the third leg in New York in a couple weeks.
But the other story line that is still alive and well is Calvin Borel, who became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on two different horses.
The thought is that if Rachel Alexandra runs in the Belmont, Borel, who has made $211,000 on the two races alone, would ride her. If not, he’ll saddle up with his Derby horse, Mine That Bird.
Pick a third horse. That’s what will drive the most interest to the sport and will be the only way the Belmont will see a rise in ratings from last year, when Big Brown was going for the Triple Crown.
While this seems like an outlandish idea, I don’t think it’s that crazy. One of the reasons why it has been 31 years since we’ve had a Triple Crown is because the Belmont, due to its length, is a totally different race from the previous two. A horse that proves consistent and steady can beat a horse that is known for its bursts of speed.
If I hear that Rachel Alexandra will be back with Borel going along for the ride, do I really care about watching for the possibility of jockey Triple Crown? Not really. But if I hear that Borel is on a third horse? I’m planning my whole day around it.
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