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Horse Racing Should Not Change Triple Crown System

Like many people, I was rooting rooting for California Chrome to become the first horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown. Unfortunately, Chrome tied for fourth and Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes. After the race was over, California Chrome’s owner Steve Coburn complained about the system that he believes will make it impossible to win horse racing’s three biggest races.

As a horse racing fan, I could not disagree more with Coburn. Part of the reason that Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978 is because it is just that tough to win three races in five weeks against the best horses in thew world. I went back into the history books and noticed that Affirmed raced against different horses in each of his three Triple Crown victories. That is what makes an athlete immortal; beating the best every time. Coburn should understand that and be happy with his horse coming so close to making history. But a race horse owner’s tirade over his own personal failure should not force us to change the rules just to rewrite the record books.

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