I'll Have Another comes into the Belmont with as little fanfare as we've seen in recent horses that have won both the Derby and the Preakness. But this is a horse that the horse racing industry has to get behind.
Horse racing's troubles are well documented, from performance-enhancing drugs to focus on deaths and attendance woes on the track.
And while most aren't convinced that seeing the first Triple Crown in 34 years will boost the troubled sport, I'll Have Another winning it all in 2012 could be the perfect storm.
Because in order for horse racing to feel the bump, I believe the Triple Crown winner has to continue to race. in any other recent run for the trifecta, there would be no way that this would happen.
There would be no way that horses like War Emblem, Smarty Jones or Big Brown could have responsibly stayed out on the track with the huge stud fees that people were willing to pay during those times.
Storm Cat, the best stallion in the country at the time, was commanding $500,000 per live foal. Last year, Dynaformer, one of the best sires, was only getting $150,000, as the breeding business has been cut by 50 percent due to the economy.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page