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American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown

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    Wow. First Triple Crown Winner since 1978. He won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness & Belmont stakes. Horse racing is interesting to watch on TV. It's an entire afternoon of interviews, stories and what not and then you have like 10 mins of excitement around the race.
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    Durham, NH
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    Wake me up when the check comes in.
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    What a great race. It's interesting to me how perfect absolutely everything has to be to win a race. Especially three in a row. So many things can go wrong or just be slightly off to completely ruin it. Congrats to Espinoza and Pharoah.
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    the great thing about horse racing is that it compresses an awful lot of excitement into a very short time frame - typically about two minutes .. arguably, it is one of the most ancient of all sports, since it dates back to ancient Babylon and Syria .. .

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_racing

    my wife burst into tears today when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, since we were watching history in the making .. I was also happy to see Penny Chenery in the audience .. even today, watching her horse (Secretariat) win the 1973 Belmont STILL gives me goose bumps

    American Pharoah's owner, Ahmed Zayat, is an orthodox Jew who was born in Egypt, so the horse's name is entirely logical .. his father was Anwar Sadat's personal doctor ..

    http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/309564/7-things-about-american-pharoah-and-his-jewish-owner/

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    It's a horse race, get over it!Wink At least it is over fast unlike dragging on forever like a baseball, football, or basketball game!
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    pr Wrote: It's a horse race, get over it!Wink At least it is over fast unlike dragging on forever like a baseball, football, or basketball game!
    Or "elections" or the "Republican clown car" contest, which spent more money than horse races win.
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    I don't why they the call it a sport, the horse does all the work,unlike baseball,football or basketball, at least some athleticism on the part of the human is involved..
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    johnnycee Wrote: I don't why they the call it a sport, the horse does all the work,unlike baseball,football or basketball, at least some athleticism on the part of the human is involved..

    It's a race to the finish line, set over a period of time. That about defines the word, "sport" to me. You could say the same for NASCAR. Does it not qualify as a race or a sport because it's really the cars that are doing most of the hard labor? Of course it does. You have a whole team of people training the horse in every way possible for this one activity. Same for the jockey. It may seem they are just riding a horse, but you'd be surprised what all they do to train for these events.

    Out of curiosity, do you watch golf? That is a questionable, "sport" in my mind. Although, I do see it as a competitive sport.

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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: I don't why they the call it a sport, the horse does all the work,unlike baseball,football or basketball, at least some athleticism on the part of the human is involved..

    It's a race to the finish line, set over a period of time. That about defines the word, "sport" to me. You could say the same for NASCAR. Does it not qualify as a race or a sport because it's really the cars that are doing most of the hard labor? Of course it does. You have a whole team of people training the horse in every way possible for this one activity. Same for the jockey. It may seem they are just riding a horse, but you'd be surprised what all they do to train for these events.

    Out of curiosity, do you watch golf? That is a questionable, "sport" in my mind. Although, I do see it as a competitive sport.

    I don't think golf, car racing in any form, or archery or any form of gunning is a sport, they do however require a special skill set, not necessarily athletic, I know most of the more popular sporting events require a special set of skills also but I view them in a different light, racing against another car is different than two individuals racing against each other,
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    ClayTaylorNC Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: I don't why they the call it a sport, the horse does all the work,unlike baseball,football or basketball, at least some athleticism on the part of the human is involved..

    It's a race to the finish line, set over a period of time. That about defines the word, "sport" to me. You could say the same for NASCAR. Does it not qualify as a race or a sport because it's really the cars that are doing most of the hard labor? Of course it does. You have a whole team of people training the horse in every way possible for this one activity. Same for the jockey. It may seem they are just riding a horse, but you'd be surprised what all they do to train for these events.

    Out of curiosity, do you watch golf? That is a questionable, "sport" in my mind. Although, I do see it as a competitive sport.

    I don't think golf, car racing in any form, or archery or any form of gunning is a sport, they do however require a special skill set, not necessarily athletic, I know most of the more popular sporting events require a special set of skills also but I view them in a different light, racing against another car is different than two individuals racing against each other,

    There is a big difference in what the word 'sport" means; either competition or bodily strength; if it combines both like tennis, wrestling, rowing etc. I consider it sport.

    Certainly not fishing or shooting or chess or eating the most hamburgers in a set time.

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    I appreciate horse racing as a sport. Usually, first I had to race my car into the infield to get the best parking. Then wrestle a few people to get the lineup program and then run up 250 stairs (in the heat) - 9 or 10 times (for each race) to buy the tickets. Standing in line for 15 minutes to get to the ticket window, required a bit of effort. And then another long wait, to buy your ice cold beverages & juggle them down the stairs again. There was the eye strain to see the "odds board" & to figure out your budget for how much you could afford to lose. Comparing horses with the guys next to you, who always tell you about their favorite "system" to bet, & you have to write them all down. At last -- "and they're off" -- & everybody is standing up, yelling, jumping, screaming, as the horses seem to glide along the course, with their hooves hardly touching the ground.

    Hint: If you understand geometry, you have one way to pick the winner. In what seems like seconds, it is all over, & they tell you which horse was first, 2nd, & 3rd. You see how much you have won (or lost) & then run up the 250 steps again, to get your winnings. And then it is time to get cold beverage refills, for all the gang, (which eats up half the profits). And you look forward to the other remaining races, to see if it is your lucky day (or not). (One guy who sat next to me, routinely won $800 at a time). He says he bet his horoscope numbers. And ME? I had a system that would let me win (every day) exactly how much I would have earned if I was working. -- It was amazing.-- (The secret? --- It was a pact I made with God).