‘Tarnishing’ the Crown: Past Winners Oppose Making Changes to Elusive Accomplishment

by | 05.28.2014 | 8:39am
Affirmed and Alydar battle to the wire in the 1978 Belmont

Almost every year, throughout the spring, the discussion of making changes to the Triple Crown – whether it's the distance of the races or the spacing between them – always seems to come up.

In some years, the conversations are forgotten rather quickly. Other times, though, the discussions gain more traction, with more opinions being voiced. In 2014, there has been a considerable push to add more time between the races, which would extend the Triple Crown into July.

As Bob Ehalt writes in his latest ESPN blog, the connections of the previous Triple Crown winners do not support making any sort of changes to the historic accomplishment.

“It's not fine with me,” said Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat. “It would invalidate all the records, all the times. It would make it an entirely different event.”

Steve Cauthen, rider of Affirmed added, “If you change it, it isn't the same. It doesn't count.”

Read more at ESPN.com

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