Is this the year when we will see a new Triple Crown winner? With two legs under his belt, California Chrome has a chance of becoming the next Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won in 1978. But it’s a BIG maybe. I’m glad he won the Preakness, and not only because I got Ziggy’s oats (she had bet on the filly Ria Antonia) but because California Chrome reminds me of a larger version of my little buddy Peppy who went to greener pastures a few years back due to liver disease. I still miss him.
Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and only two since Secretariat (my hero) won it in 1973: Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978. Eleven horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 1978, only to fall short in the Belmont Stakes. Will California Chrome be the twelfth?
Ziggy said she’s done with betting. I think she’s miffed at losing her oats to me.