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COLUMN | The Triple Crown winner gave horse racing fans something special. But why didn’t a top competitor race?
With Beholder withdrawing and Liam’s Map running the Dirt Mile, Triple Crown winner should cruise.
The 32-year old tattooed trainer will take on the racing establishment at Keeneland, with perhaps the fastest thoroughbred.
Maryland horseman was anything but typical but for decades he forged his own brand of success at track.
Because the Triple Crown is a more difficult feat than it once was, colt is superb, even if he’s no Secretariat.
The Belmont Stakes favorite is vulnerable, and three challengers have credible handicapping merits.
The trainer has only run one winner in a Triple Crown race in 14 starts, but his horses often run better than expected.
Unless he has won the Kentucky Derby, many trainers opt to skip the Preakness so a horse can be fresh for the mile-and-a-half demands of the Belmont Stakes.
America’s leading trainer, Todd Pletcher, has a poor record in the Kentucky Derby and almost none in the Preakness. But his horses usually run well in the Belmont.