What impact would a Triple Crown winner have anyway?

by | 06.06.2011 | 2:58pm

By not having a Triple Crown winner for the 33rd straight year, it's fair to ask – what exactly is the sport missing out on?

Vance Hanson of Brisnet talks to noted turf writer and handicapper Steve Davidowitz about the debate over whether a Triple Crown winner is still achievable or even needed anymore.  Davidowitz points out that any colt that won all three jewels would likely be retired weeks later to protect his stud value, so the positive impact would be short-lived:

“Racing does not need a Triple Crown winner as much as it needs good horses to remain in competition beyond a win in a Triple Crown or Breeders' Cup race,” Davidowitz said. “Not as much as it needs fewer tracks open simultaneously in neighboring states, with shorter, better-designed and coordinated racings schedules, with fewer or no legalized race-day drugs.

“And some serious efforts to promote its greatest yet least promoted asset: that horse race handicapping and betting on horses is probably the most intellectually satisfying, best gambling game man has ever invented.”

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