Penalizing horses for one unavoidable bump in the first stride would create chaos in the sport.
Breeders’ Cup Classic will show what Triple Crown didn’t: California Chrome isn’t best in 3-year-old class.
Bettors get a chance at bigger payouts; tracks get a smaller takeout but profit from more wagers.
It wasn’t a perfect trip this time, and Victor Espinoza’s tactical error affected the colt’s Triple Crown shot.
Smart handicappers will place their sentiments on California Chrome but put their Belmont wagers elsewhere.
America’s top thoroughbreds are no longer bred to handle the mile and a half in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Even if he wins the Triple Crown, the breeding industry — where the real money is made — views him warily.
The Preakness sets up perfectly for California Chrome in the early stages, and jockey Victor Espinoza guides him to victory in brilliant fashion.
Slow pace of the Derby creates more questions than answers, but a trifecta wager might be the best bet.
To the dismay of the Preakness, modern trainers want more rest for their horses between races.