According to The Blood-Horse, Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas plans to enter talks with Churchill Downs and NYRA to change the spacing of the Triple Crown racing. Chuckas cited Pimlico's struggles to get Kentucky Derby entrants to run back in the Preakness, and said he believes a change would benefit both horsemen and the sport's publicity.
Most trainers would prefer not to run their horses back in two weeks, Chuckas said, and since the sport gains a huge amount of public attention during the Triple Crown, it makes sense to extend the timeframe between races to gain exposure, give horses a rest, and give fans a chance to see horses run all the way through the series.
Chuckas' plan would leave the Derby on the first Saturday in May, move the Preakness to the first Saturday in June, and the Belmont to the first Saturday in July. Officials at both NYRA and Churchill indicated they would be open to such discussions.
“I'm all about tradition,” Chuckas told writer John Scheinman. “I respect everything that's happened, but when I sit here today, it doesn't work anymore.”
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