'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
There's nothing in sports quite like the roar and electricity as horses turn for home in the Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown on the line.
I'll Have Another overcame the challenge of 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby and the first dose of the burden of expectations in the Preakness Stakes. But to complete the Triple Crown, he'll have to deal with being the favorite for the first time.
The button says it all: "We want another." I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill was wearing one Tuesday at Rockefeller Center, and so were others not even affiliated with the horse going for the Triple Crown on Saturday.
"I think it's a short-term lift. There's no question about it. It's good for the game," said trainer Ken McPeek, who saddles two challengers in the Belmont Stakes. "I think that just the fact that he's taking a shot at it is good for the sport. And if he were to win, maybe the public's been waiting for another Secretariat."
"When we created it, that's exactly what we were thinking about," Mr. McPeek said. "I think part of the problem with horse racing in general is we haven't embraced new technology; we've been slow to come around on all that."