The power of sport
Writer's edit: The following column was written prior to I'll Have Another being scratched from the Belmont Stakes, but the overall point about the power of sports remains true. And if my grandpa were here, I am sure he would say something like, "Well, that is disappointing. But life will go on."Officially, I'll Have Another will carry 126 pounds in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. However, in his bid to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, the reality is he will carry a far heavier burden. There is no way to know for sure when organized sport first became part of society, but it has been around a long time. For instance, more than 3,500 years ago, ancient Mexico was home to a ballgame played on special courts. Even then, long before the modern conveniences we take for granted could even be imagined, people gathered to watch feats of athletic prowess. Why?
There is no way to measure how much the past five weeks have impacted Hope or her family, but I would wager 'greatly' is a safe bet.
Courtesy of technology, minutes after I'll Have Another won the Preakness, Grandpaduck was able to see a photo of me standing by the track, winning tickets in hand.
THE TRIPLE CROWN
• 'Lucky' ends Triple Crown bid in Preakness
• Desormeaux defends Derby stretch ride
• Eskendereya retired; Jess Jackson buys in
• Eskendereya cruises in the Wood Memorial
• Drosselmeyer's feet seem OK after work
• Belmont: First Dude could be one to catch