Disclaimer: I’m really into horse racing. The Triple Crown Classics series is to me what the Superbowl and the World Series are to other sports fans. Three years ago, I was thrilled to witness the first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years after 20 years of personal disappointments and near misses. That American Pharoah was only the 12th Triple Crown champion in almost a century highlights the difficulty in achieving this momentous title.
This past weekend, Justify, an undefeated and inexperienced three-year-old colt, twice descendent of Secretariat, once descendent of Seattle Slew, and a distant progeny of the great Man o’ War, proved yet again that the Triple Crown, though reserved only for the greatest of horses, can indeed be won.
And so it was in the 150th edition of the final leg of the Triple Crown that the son of Scat Daddy, already deemed a prodigy, became racing’s newest living legend. At the end of a five-week odyssey logic says should have taxed his chestnut frame to detrimental levels and highlighted the foundation that was poured in at an accelerated rate, he managed to redefine what those of his ilk can achieve.
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