Beyer: Triple Crown has something to build upon

by | 06.13.2011 | 4:16pm

Washington Post writer Andrew Beyer writes that while the Triple Crown race results may have been disappointing to some, as a whole, the series had a pretty good year with strong live attendance and wagering interest.  To build upon that success, Beyer suggests a couple of tweaks for next year.  One is reducing the field size of the Derby.  The other is to forget the Pimlico bonus and beef up the Preakness undercard:

“Pimlico's card on the day of the Preakness was a half-baked version of what Churchill and Belmont offer, because a bunch of $100,000 stakes races aren't lucrative enough to attract large fields of good horses. Instead of wasting money on the Preakness bonus, the track should increase the purses, beef up those supporting stakes and revive the discontinued Pimlico Special. The changes would pay off with greater fan interest and significantly more wagering.”

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