Category: Horse Sense
She was a 38-1 longshot when she rolled to a surprise victory in this 139th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks, but Princess of Sylmar’s first outing since her signature victory on the first Friday in May at Churchill Downs provided an indication that she is a candidate for a higher royal station.
When the first notes of “My Old Kentucky Home” are sounded by the University of Louisville marching band on the first Saturday in May, there can be little doubt among those who experience that moment that they are taking part in what is arguably the most romantic and emotional moments in sports.
The growth of the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs has been a wonderful thing to experience since the stature of Churchill Downs’ mid-year race for older horses started to rise in the 1990s.
Another Triple Crown campaign has come and gone and our streak without a horse that could sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes stands at 35 years.
No Triple Crown will be at stake when Orb, winner of the 139th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, and Oxbow, the front-running victor in the Preakness, meet a close-to-full gate of rivals in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
By the time a period is added to the final sentence of this piece and the time it meets your eyes, four major players in the Belmont Stakes will probably have worked at Churchill Downs in preparation for the final jewel of the 2014 Triple Crown.