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American Triple Crown of Horse Racing Features Unique Format in 2020

By Newswriter – The coronavirus outbreak in the United States has caused the sports landscape to be altered significantly. Although horse racing was able to carry on at some of the racecourses around the country, the Triple Crown of American thoroughbred racing was put on hiatus. The Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse race in the US, was postponed in early May and will be run at the end of the summer.

The America Triple Crown will still take place this year but fans will just need to get used to a change in the scheduling. Horse race punters can follow the American Triple Crown with 4njbets and find bet bonuses and tips on the races before wagering.

The Kentucky Derby is traditionally the start of the Triple Crown and has been run on the first Saturday in May for much of the last 100 years.

The 2020 edition will see the Run for the Roses held as the second jewel in the Triple Crown rather than the first. The Triple Crown will also see the races spread out like never before over the course of three months.

On May 25th, it was announced that the New York Racing Association had given the Belmont Stakes the go ahead to run on June 20th. The Belmont Stakes will take place over two months before the Kentucky Derby’s September 5th running which will come just before the Preakness Stakes on October 3rd.

The races are normally run in closer proximity with all three events falling within around a five-week timeframe. This year sees special circumstances dictate the Triple Crown’s running and over three months will have elapsed by the time the three races finish.

The Belmont Stakes has not only moved to a different date this year, but adjustments have been made to the race itself. It is typically run over the course of 2.4 kilometers, however, that distance will be shortened to just two.

Like all sporting events at the moment Belmont Park will have zero fans in attendance and only important staff members on hand.

Remarkably, it has been almost a century since the American Triple Crown was run out of order. In 1931, the three races were run in their current – sans 2020 – order and have stayed that way ever since.

Prior to 1931, the Triple Crown order varied leaving a number of pundits to claim the tradition of the Triple Crown is a recent phenomenon and running it differently this year doesn’t truly matter.

The lay out of the three races for 2020 will see the horses competing in the events more experienced. The schedule will give the three-year-old horses more time to train and prepare.

Although the Triple Crown races were postponed and race tracks closed due to the coronavirus, not all horse racing in the US stopped.

A number of horse racecourses remained open with races taking place behind closed doors.

On May 16th, Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, reopened its doors for the Spring Meet 2020. Racing has continued without issue since the reopening.

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  1. Snooze writer, are u a robot? Anyway, when you see J Ricci tell him that ,at least one person, I’d curious to read about his expert inputting Morning Line odds set up. I do not findbthem interesting Unless I can use Bedfair ‘ s gimmick because my picks rarely go up after I choose them. PS: with odds being selected some 4 days , or more, before a race I believe that they are useless since the Real $ does not matter until s few minutes before Post time unless you got the probable $ DD, Pick 3 pick 4 going on. Waiting X the input, clarification. 😇

    1. Pps : Opening Odds are even more useless than the ML numbers. They6 won’t matter not even in DD situations. All they indicate is where what % of the early money went,, big deal since it invariably changes and settles down.

    2. JG. This is not the first time you’ve referenced morning lines, how they are meaningless because you know they are almost always lower at post time. For the most part, that is correct.

      But it is included in analysis because the calculation of the track linemaker is a fact that readers are entitled to know.

      Is this the extent of your skill set? Don’t you think most of the HRI Faithful know it, too? Don’t you think I know it?

      Have you noticed that when I set an acceptable minimum price, 99 out of 100 times it’s lower than the early line. I know how to “make book,” set a price line for the entire field. Do you?

      Do you have any appreciation for, at race meets like Gulfstream winter, Saratoga, or any venue where horses come in huge numbers from different places, how difficult making an accurate line can be?

      Not saying you don’t, but not saying you do. Do you realize when I say “no price restrictions” after a suggested play, it means a horse is, in the language of old-school linemakers, “any price,” meaning however low, the odds are acceptable because the chances of winning are, in the opinion of most decent handicappers, that good?

      When I set odds minimums, I’m giving an opinion on what a fair ante post price would be, given prevailing conditions (no surface changes, significant scratches, etc.) Setting minimum acceptable odds often saves horseplayers money in the long term.

      I wouldn’t even have brought this up if not for the attack on the contributor who wrote this. It may be boring to you, but he showed enough respect for this audience to take care of his spelling, his punctuation, syntax and all the rest.

      Your contributions, as above, are run-on, pointless screeds that show no respect for the audience who come here to contribute their opinions. And you can’t even bother to check the atrocious spelling, the careless way you make your case.

      Do you even read what you write before sending? Neither I, or the contributor who wrote this, owes you anything. Our contributions are what they are, mindful of respecting this site’s audience. Very little you contribute uplifts the dialogue.
      Unless you can contribute in the spirit of the site, its contributors and commenters, why not keep your opinions to yourself?

      1. So as a news guy you are against Freedom of Expression just because someone disagrees with your spiel? How manly, how courageous! Enjoy your ego trip with this adolescent, albeit old, toy. Mazel Tov,” insider” ! Won’t be wasting my time in this geriatric corner anymore.

        1. JGR, I saw your comments this morning and didn’t have a ready response for them at that time. Then it hit me !!!

          Amazingly, you insulted Mr. Pricci’s guest writer, John and all geriatric players (which is about 97% of the horseplaying universe) and you still weren’t thrown out of here. You left on your own ???

          You missed a great opportunity to enlighten all of us with Morning Line errors. For example, you love the favorite, he’s 3-1 ML, you’d be happy with 7-5, think he may even go lower than that and he’s sitting on the board as the 5-2 2nd choice, with 6 minutes to Post (12 + minutes to go at Gulfstream, but that’s another story). What do you do ??? Complain about the wrong line and sit there or step in and attack ??? I take advantage of these situations – mindful that my analysis could be totally off base and the house oddsmaker might be far sharper here than I’m giving him credit. I have a plan when this happens and would be willing to share it in a follow-up message. But the point here is, what would YOU do ???

          My guess is that John would be pleased to welcome you back as a regular commenter if you present some sort of constructive dialogue on any racing topic. Just be sure that it’s a carefully worded message (minus the typos and run-on-sentences) and one that’s easy on the eyes. We all have our preferred styles of play – top tracks, types of races and wagers, bets to avoid at all costs.

          Think about it . . . I’m sure that you have plenty to say . . . Don’t leave yet . . .

  2. You’re under no obligation to respect the HRI audience, with whom I often disagree, but I will continue to give them the respect they have earned. Be mindful of those swinging doors, good luck…

  3. Richard,

    Appreciate the respect for the HRI audience and, personally, your loyalty to HRI.


    Guess since I’m too old to take it into the street, for fear of being pushed to the ground, I’ll insist on peaceful and civil protests in this space.

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