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Three different colts won each jewel of the Triple Crown and not one person familiar with horse racing was surprised. Trainer Kenny McPeek pulled off the elusive Oaks/Derby double the first weekend in May at Churchill Downs with Thorpedo Anna and Mystik Dan. Eighty-eight year old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas took the second jewel, the Preakness in Maryland, with Seize The Grey. Lukas fans from coast to coast and all who appreciate the span of his career and depth of his impact on the Sport of Kings were delighted to see him in the winner’s circle. Last weekend, Dornoch, the full brother to last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Mage, won the Belmont at Saratoga. Dornoch is trained by Danny Gargan who had never won a Triple Crown race. 

After Mystik Dan bested a closing Sierra Leone in the Kentucky Derby by a nose and came back to lose the Preakness, most horseplayers jumped on the Sierra Leone bandwagon for the Belmont. I was one of those who strongly believed he was the logical winner until the first day of the four-day meet in Saratoga was over. Speed was king and even the best closers could not get up in time for the wire. That bias held through all four days….and many of us jumped off Sierra Leone and other closers in favor of the front runners. My five-year old grandson was no exception. He picked Dornoch and I placed the wager in his honor at 17-1! 
The Belmont win was Dornoch’s fourth win in eight career starts. Dornoch and Mage were sired by Good Magic out of the Big Brown mare, Puca. Dornoch is partially owned by former MLB All-Star Jayson Werth. 
The G1 Haskell at Monmouth on July 20th  is the next stop for some of the main Triple Crown contenders, while others will opt for the G1 Travers back at Saratoga on August 24th. Needless to say, there is no dominant three-year-old colt as of this writing. Personally, I’d like to see the lightly raced Mindframe and Sierra Leone throw down on a fair surface. There is nothing quite like a head-to-head with Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown. 

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