The Purzuit of Perfextion.
Did American Pharoah win the Triple CrownBy: Jack Walker, West Texas Tribune, Sports Editor It was 1978, right around the first week of June when the stables smiled last. 37 years ago right off the turnpike outside of the New York City limits a chestnut colt won the Belmont Stakes and last leg of Thoroughbred Horse Racings’ Triple Crown. Global enthusiasts of the sport, -some dead- and alive… continue to take the longest and coldest shower in the history of televised muddy-running for money. All of the above statements are written as fact, and strongly asserted publicly. They’ve been declared, pronounced and proclaimed. They’ve been “Affirmed”. Since the inception of the long-lost pursuit of perfection: only 11 have so rightfully synonymous with that avow, or guarantee: to win the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont. It is considered perhaps the most difficult accomplishment in Sports. In roughly 144 years of a whip’s grip just 10 plus one have reached the prance of dirt-tracks’ ‘Graceland’, the last –in 1978- fittingly named: Affirmed. Enter: American Pharoah, a copper-coated, bolt of brown lightening that ironically may be the most misspelled member in thoroughbred race-horsing- history. As of press-time and a week and a half from the Belmont Stakes, it’s safe to say, pledge or even make it AFFIRMED that the revival is here and the legend is real. While an unlucky thirteen have sputtered down the backstretch of immortality *** American Pharoah will complete the Zodiac Calendar of Wheaties Boxes lodged in quicksand and left for dead.* ** During the storm of mid-May at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, the product of Pioneer of the Nile shed light in spite of the looming lack thereof settling on the far side of the Chesapeake Bay. That light may fade into fourteen, or flicker forever alongside the other eleven. Baffert and owner Zayat acknowledge that “the horses that bypass the Preakness and are more-rested, maintain an advantage over the potential triple-crown winner”. Furthermore, that predisposition is cemented- in fact- that the last five horses to enter the Belmont with a chance to complete the trek of the sports immortality have been upset by thoroughbreds that skipped the Preakness. . It will be 2015. Right around the first week of June the stables will smile again. Rain or shine and with or without the grammatical mishaps and silver lining that co-exist to make that time so, so beautiful and yet fragile at the same time, make no mistake about it… American Pharoah will win the Belmont and the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. If I’m right, my prediction is perfect. If I’m wrong… the dry-spell will linger longer, and I apologize for believing I was fawless*…*FlawlessFollow WTT Sports Editor Jack Walker @MediaStringer on Twitter.