Preakness in the rearview mirror
Well, it wasn't Clippers versus Spurs, was it? But the Preakness wasn't a bad showcase for a sport considered by some to be "in trouble."Here's horse racing's chief source of trouble: the mainstream media that shows up once a year on an expense account at the Kentucky Derby and has an assistant scare up another sport-in-peril story. Horse racing is changing fast. The "majors," the Triple Crown races and the Breeder's Cup, draw great on site and on TV. During the rest of the year, nobody goes to the live races, but lots bet at simulcast joints and at home. Find a more exciting recent sporting event than the Preakness. Go ahead. I'll be right here waiting to hear about it. Everybody sees different things during a day at the races. Here is what I saw. Two tracks had very good days: Belmont Park, which will be the bull's-eye of the sports world in three weeks, and Santa Anita, which put real-earth dirt back on its racing surface and has become a major player in the majors, running 1-2-3 here. I'll Have Another was one of the great prices in recent Triple Crown history at 3.20-to-1 odds, particularly in light of Went the Day Lousy finishing next to last at 5-1 and Daddy Nose Sunland finishing third from the bottom at 11-1.
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