Not since 1978, with Affirmed and Alydar, have we witnessed two three-year-olds who have the makings to put horse racing at the forefront of the sports world once again. With hearts of steel, raw power, and unquestionable determination, Bodemeister and I'll Have Another have given the industry a new lease on the Sport of Kings. Would you call certain similarities a coincidence? Maybe-but if margins are an indication, perhaps I'll Have Another has a Triple Crown in his future. Affirmed won the Derby by the identical 1-1/2 lengths over Alydar, and then beat his rival by the same neck margin in the Preakness. With polarities reversed, the similarities are astounding.
|Affirmed and Alydar in the 1978 Kentucky Derby|
|I'll Have Another and Bodemeister in the 2012 Kentucky Derby|
|Affirmed and Alydar in the 1978 Preakness|
|I'll Have Another and Bodemeister in the 2012 Preakness|
With the Ontario Standardbred industry crumbling at our feet, we need this.....We need this horse to win the Triple Crown, because he's not only representing thoroughbred racing, he's representing every working horse out there that trains their asses off day in and day out to go and race. We've been telling our government how important this industry is and it seems to be falling on deaf ears....So without getting any more political, when asked if it's time for a Triple Crown Winner, my answer is simple....Yes, I'll Have Another!
Stay safe, keep your hooves on the ground and keep reaching for the wire!