'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Since Seattle Slew won the 1977 Triple Crown, co-owner Sally Hill has watched from Belmont Park as several horses fell short. Since Affirmed in 1978, co-owner Patrice Wolfson wasn't ready to let go for a long time.
"It's not an easy fix. I think a lot of people have thought about it and tried to figure it out and it's just not so easy," said Steve Cauthen, the last jockey to win the Triple Crown aboard Affirmed. "It just somehow has to gain new fans, younger fans, and drag them away from other things that probably [have a] less-intensive learning curve. Following racing is something that you have to really focus on and learn quite a bit about before you get too deeply involved."
Cauthen said after winning it, it's impossible to root against another horse trying to join the club.