Rhoden: Would historic achievement of Triple Crown push racing closer to reforms?
If I’ll Have Another wins the Belmont Stakes and becomes the first horse in 34 years to take down the Triple Crown, will the added spotlight push racing closer to or further from reforms? The New York Times’ William Rhoden asks Rick Porter, owner of 2008 Kentucky Derby runner up Eight Belles who tragically collapsed past the finish line and was euthanized on the racetrack, doesn’t believe a Triple Crown winner will prove to be a catalyst.
“I don’t think it would have any impact,” said Rick Porter in an interview last week. “Our problems are deep, but they’re fixable. I don’t think a Triple Crown winner is going to make any difference, one way or another. It’ll be fun for a little while but swiftly forgotten.”