2013 TRIPLE CROWN RACES (Entire Televised Broadcasts)
It was basically the age of the winning connections, not the accomplishments of the horses (average at best), that stood out during the course of a Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont that only provided another bitter Triple Crown tease.
Loyalty and dedication were bywords of the Kentucky Derby result when the time-weathered partnership of Shug McGaughey, the 62-year-old Kentucky born and bred trainer, and owners Ogden Phipps and Stuart Janney III was rewarded with an elusive first victory in America's biggest race thanks to ORB. The Preakness was all about the Lazarus-styled return to the top for 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens partnering up as in years past with 77-year-old trainer, D. Wayne Lukas: legends of racing's yesteryear whose inclusion in the race seemed something of an anachronism. Their win with OXBOW gave Lucas his 6th Preakness win and Gary Stevens his 3rd at Pimlico; the victory gave Stevens three wins in each of the Triple Crown races. Finally, 47-year-old jockey Mike Smith won the Belmont with PALACE MALICE for 85-year-old owner Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stable.
ORB started the ball spinning. After a convincing win in the Derby, he seemed preordained to not only win the Preakness but end an insufferable Triple Crown drought that dated back to 1978. Instead, he finished fourth in the Preakness as a 3-5 favorite and was only slightly more competitive in the Belmont, winding up third, five lengths behind PALACE MALICE, as the 2-1 favorite. 2013 became the fourth of five years to showcase three separate champions.
"I just wish," McGaughey said, "we had showed a little better performance in the Preakness and Belmont." He wasn't alone. Meanwhile, capitalizing on ORB's disappointments, OXBOW and PALACE MALICE joined the fraternity of Triple Crown race winners, but their efforts were ordinary at best. OXBOW's winning time in the Preakness was the slowest since 1961 and PALACE MALICE's time of 2:30.70 for his 3-1/4 length score was more than 6 seconds slower than SECRETARIAT's world-record romp in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.
So for now, at the end of a winding five-week-long chase, the curtain has come down on another ordinary and anything but fulfilling Triple Crown season. But while there was no Triple Crown sweep for this year - having a different winner in each leg of the 2013 Triple Crown races, the series will be remembered as a five-week period for the ages being knitted together with one connecting principle: that aching joints and a 401k need not be a barrier to success. If racing is indeed a young person's game, why have the oldies been having so much fun of late? So how about this: racing is a young person's game, and an older person's playground?
Other notable horses who ran in this year's Triple Crown were REVOLUTIONARY, GOLDEN SOUL, NORMANDY INVASION, MYLUTE, GIANT FINISH, GOLDENCENTS, OVERANALYZE, LINES OF BATTLE, ITSMYLUCKYDAY, FALLING SKY, VERRAZANO, CHARMING KITTEN, WILL TAKE CHARGE, FRAC DADDY, JAVA'S WAR, VYJACK, TITLETOWN FIVE, DEPARTING, GOVENOR CHARLIE, FREEDOM CHILD, INCOGNITO, MIDNIGHT TABOO, UNLIMITED BUDGET and many more!
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