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.
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THE TRIPLE CROWN
Preakness Stakes • Saturday, May 18
More Triple Crown
• Top 10: May 14
• How they voted
• Oxbow upsets Preakness Stakes
• Freedom Child wins Peter Pan; Belmont next
• Orb wins 139th Kentucky Derby
• Princess of Sylmar rules Oaks
• Baffert out of Kentucky Derby
Bob Ehalt's Hot List
• Breaking down the Preakness Stakes
• Derby recap and a look at the Peter Pan
• Breaking down the Kentucky Derby
In The Gate Video/Podcast
• Secretariat's historic run: Pt. 1
• Secretariat's historic run: Pt. 2
• Secretariat's historic run: Pt. 3
• Secretariat's historic run: Pt. 4
• Secretariat's historic run: Pt. 5
• Paul Hornung talks Titletown Five
Triple Crown Live Chat Schedule
• Belmont: Saturday, June 8 (3 p.m. ET)
• Preakness chat wrap
• Kentucky Derby chat wrap
• Kentucky Oaks chat wrap
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Triple Crown Video
• Watch the 138th Preakness Stakes
• ABR: A day with Orb
• TCI: Derby recap
• Kenny Mayne: Between two horses
• Moran: Steven all smiles
• Ehalt: Dark days
• Cronley: What were you thinking?
• Novak: Hernandez in the saddle
• Duckworth: Departing up for challenge
• Ehalt: Seeking redemption
• Moran: Triple Crown should not be easy
• Mayne: When will I listen?
• West: Tradition steals Derby spotlight
• West: Calumet back in Derby spotlight
• Moran: Progress tough on Churchill
• Novak: Victory starts on the backside