BACKSIDE: THE HIDDEN TRIPLE CROWN
In more than 120 years, it has happened only eleven times - not once in the last quarter century; that's winning the Triple Crown. To win one race is a coveted experience; to win all three, "Jewels", an extraordinary feat. Running a Thoroughbred, uncertain and unpredictable to successive victories in the world's greatest horse race - the legendary Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill Downs, the Preakness in Maryland an impossible fourteen days later, and then a mere five weeks after the Derby the final and most formidable challenge - New York's 1-1/2 mile Belmont Stakes is the highest honor for any horseman to achieve in this, "Sport of Kings". The quest to capture the Triple Crown is made up of dreams and despair, of fortune and failure, of hope and heartbreak. In all of sports, the most difficult crown to win, but the brightest to wear.
Stories and profiles about legendary horses and others who have made unsuccessful attempts are featured here, as well as background stories on some of the sports most famous rivalries. Jim McKay is your host for this behind-the-scenes feature extraordinaire that looks at horse racings greatest achievement; explore a side of racing that few people are able to experience...the backside, the hard work, training, and preparation that goes into producing the Triple Crown.
You'll see actual footage of great champions such as GALLANT FOX, CITATION, SECRETARIAT, SEATTLE SLEW, AFFIRMED and ALYDAR, WINNING COLORS, FORTY NINER and RISEN STAR, and their electrifying wins - the legacy of the great chestnut SECRETARIAT galloped out of a dream and into the winner's circle for the 1988 Preakness and Belmont on the legs of his son, RISEN STAR.
You'll discover that there's more to a race than meets the eye. Witness the dedication - the heart, soul, courage, gameness and competitiveness that goes into the rigorous training of these equine athletes and their human counterparts, jockeys WILLY SHOEMAKER, LAFFIT PINCAY, JR., PAT DAY, JACINTO VASQUEZ, and the famed trainers: D. WAYNE LUKAS, WOODY STEVENS, JOHN VEITCH who've guided their careers.
Get a rare glimpse of the fabulous Calumet and Claiborne Farms in the heart of the Bluegrass Country - playgrounds for the next generation of champions; colts and stamina of their fathers like AFFIRMED and ALYDAR, both shown standing at Calumet. Witness rare footage of the great champion and sire, SECRETARIAT, in retirement at Claiborne and SEATTLE SLEW being ridden in tack at Three Chimneys.
Breeding the next superstar champion is a billion-dollar industry - a business pursued with passion. Every year the romance of the Triple Crown is renewed at the Kentucky Derby with an explosion of muscle, a blur of sound and color, and the compelling question - which horse is the best, which might win the Triple Crown? Will the riddle ever be solved or a new legend be born or is there an heir to the fame and glory of SECRETARIAT? Yes, racing is very competitive and high risk, but the sun never sets on the dream of a Triple Crown. The perfect addition to any horse-lover's collection.
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