Here we go again.
For the 33rd time in the history of Triple Crown of horse racing, a horse has a chance to win it all. Only 22 of those didn’t manage to finish the job.
There have been 11, count ’em, 11 horses which have won the Triple Crown. For most, winning it has become a night mare.
So it’s no wonder that the entire sports betting populace will have their eyes and ears glued once again to the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the famed Triple Crown, which will be run early in June while the National Hockey League playoff rounds are still going strong and into their third month of monotonous, never-ending action.
The last horse to win it was Affirmed way back in 1978 when a gallon of gasoline was 63¢ and we were all complaining about the high cost of a fill up. When the population of the United States was just under 223 million (not counting illegal immigrants) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was well below average (about 800).
However, there has been some controversy swirling around the favorite to win the race, California Chrome. It seems that some think the horse, his jockey and his trainer have been less than honest. You see they have been letting the horse use a nasal strip on his snout and some claim this is giving the animal an unfair advantage.
This strip is similar to ones used already (legally, I might add) by professional athletes in football to increase the amount of air (and hence oxygen) the player is able to inhale and help with his performance.
So why the big fuss over the strip now? Well, the uptight people in charge of the Belmont Stakes thought it was an unfair advantage, while the ordinary everyday citizen thought it just wasn’t good horse sense to stirrup any trouble.
So you can imagine the public’s relief when the stewards at the Belmont Stakes decided to relent and allow the horse to use the strip and avoid a big controversy and an even bigger public relations black eye.
Efforts to reach California Chrome for a comment were denied, because he was reportedly feeling a little hoarse. I guess he got a little too excited when he learned he would be allowed to wear the neigh-sal strip.
And if he does in fact win the race and accomplish winning horse racing’s first trifecta in more than 36 years, it will probably be by (you guessed it) a nose.