Another year and another horse did not win the Triple Crown in racing. California Chrome proved what many experts said, that a horse today cannot run 3 races in 5 weeks and beat rested horses in a mile and one half race. It was unfortunate that his owner let his emotions get in the way of his disappointment. His words were taken as sour grapes by most of the people who heard him in his post-race interview. It is a shame that this fairy tale story will probably be remembered for those remarks rather than the story of a horse that few people wanted but who almost won the Triple Crown.What a lot of people are now saying is that there was merit in what was said. If you want to make it a true Triple Crown Event, then all horses must run in all 3 races. This will probably never happen for two reasons: 1) horse racing is a lot about tradition and that would not be tradition, and 2) you would not get the volume of bets that this Triple Crown possibility produces. After all, sports are supposed to make money. This is just another example of that.Experts say that horses today are not bred to run one and a half miles, so unless the Belmont race changes its distance, we may never see another Triple Crown winner.
Throw-in on Saturday is at 5 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage. The Tipp School will be looking to win the Dr. Croke Cup for only the second time in their history when they come up against a side that are determined to retain the coveted trophy. This year’s Harty Cup champions last won the national competition in 2009 and Thurles CBS will be hoping to finish off their already successful season with a flourish. Niall Cahill is part of the Thurles CBS management team and he says the Kilkenny side will be a tough team to breakdown.
The 24 year old Bora Argon 18 rider was just edged out by Ramon Sinkeldam of the Giant Alpecin squad in a bunch sprint after a four man breakaway was caught inside the last 10 kilometres of the 174 kilometre race.Third went to Zico Waeytens again of Team Giant Alpecin.Bennett – from Carrick on Suir – won 2 stages of the recent Tour of Bavaria and will compete in his first Tour de France in July.