We just saw the first of the Triple Crown races, the popular and most-watched one. The Kentucky Derby is the star, filled with pageantry and affluence, but I've wondered why it isn't the third race in an attempt to build interest and expectations of one of the hardest feats an athlete can accomplish -- winning the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont races in a single year. Of course the horse is an amazing athlete, and those up, the jockeys, are as well.
I was in the middle of our generations last week. I always remember my father when the American Classic races begin. He was a thoroughbred trainer, mostly in Southern California, but worked around the world as well. And then there was my son, the third of three who sent me an email just before the Derby at Churchill Downs.
The ToT: ?? I didn't know he had a wikipedia article.
It's a short entry, belied a bit by the long scrolling list of his accomplishments as a thoroughbred trainer. His horse Avatar came in second in the Derby, and because my father was known as the best in the business in determining which yearling could go on to be a distance runner, and trained to that end, Avatar won the longest of the Triple Crown, the Belmont.