Once a Kentucky Derby winner is established, it is the job/goal/duty of the rest of the field to stop the winner’s quest for Triple Crown glory.
And our resident insider, One For All, says this year is playing out almost identical to 2015.
“The similarities with last year are unbelievable,” says One For All. “We all know that American Pharoah won. Many of us can recall that Firing Line ran second. Firing Line really was American Pharoah’s only competition going into the Preakness, and the best shot at stopping American Pharoah’s Triple Crown bid.”
The Preakness did not go well for Firing Line, stumbling out of the gate. He never contended. And, of course, American Pharoah went on to win…along with winning the Belmont a few weeks later.
“I always wondered what would have happened if Firing Line had skipped the Preakness and rested a few more weeks,” One For All questioned. “He could have raced American Pharoah at the Belmont, and had a shot at stopping the Triple Crown win.”
One year later, Nyquist is the new American Pharoah. Exaggerator is the new Firing Line.
So One For All has a question for handicappers and lovers of horse racing: is there anybody else who thinks Exaggerator should take this weekend off, and rest up to face Nyquist at the Belmont on June 11th?
“I don’t know why these guys aren’t trying to stop Nyquist,” One For All says. “This could be another mistake that leads us to another Triple Crown winner.”
So, what do you think?
Should Exaggerator have sat out of today’s race?