Tiger Roll Slams Rivals in Cross Country Chase

Tiger Roll is a horse of the people and one that many have a huge soft spot for. He won for a fourth time at the Cheltenham Festival this week, winning back to back Cross Country Chases and looking as good as ever. His next stop will be the 2019 Grand National, following the same path as last season as he looks to win the big race for a second consecutive season.

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Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby

The favorite won again at the Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs as jockey John Velazquez ran a beautiful race on a very sloppy track. Trainer Todd Pletcher got his second career Kentucky Derby win. It rained all weekend but the skies cleared in time for the race.

Always Dreaming is unbeaten as a 3-year-old, so let’s see if we have another legitimate Triple Crown contender.

American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown

Wow! What a horse!

American Pharoah was leading the entire race, but many fans had to be holding their breath as this marvelous colt made the final turn into the home stretch. Could he hang on, or would we witness another Triple Crown disappointment at the Belmont Stakes?

But as trainer Bob Baffert later explained, jockey Victor Espinoza hadn’t even unleashed American Pharoah yet while the other jockeys were frantically pushing their horses to try and overtake the favorite. Once unleashed, American Pharoah ran away from the field and revealed why the Triple Crown is reserved for truly special horses.

The Triple Crown is supposed to be hard, and that makes American Pharoah’s performance and accomplishment even more gratifying.

Epic rant from owner of California Chrome

Like many, I got to see this epic rant live, and it’s amazing what people say when they’re pissed off. Never mind that this has been going on for years, as some horses show up in the Belmont Stakes to thwart a Triple Crown. That’s why it’s so damn hard.

The debates on Twitter were priceless and also informative, as those who understood horse racing explained why Steve Coburn’s rant about some taking “the coward’s way out” was just silly given the nature of the sport.

The great horses are able to overcome the task of winning three straight. Heck, some great horses don’t even achieve it given the competition in the year they run.

Still, the reaction was priceless and will be replayed for years to come.

California Chrome wins the Kentucky Derby

California Chrome was the favorite to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby, and the chestnut colt purchased for $10,000 will certainly get the Triple Crown talk going again. The story behind this California-bred horse is pretty awesome, as two average Americans from California dubbed “dumb asses” by a trainer when they got into horse racing somehow managed to win the Kentucky Derby. Steve Coburn and Perry Martin turned down $6 million for a 51% ownership in California Chrome before the Derby, but now with the horse’s fifth-straight win and a real shot at the Triple Crown, we can safely assume the price has gone up considerably.

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