By Marc Lawrence — The first Saturday in May is generally reserved for the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing’s famed Triple Crown. Each year the nation’s top three-year olds qualify for the race with the winner moving on to become the leading contender to capture the celebrated Triple Crown. To date there have been only 13 horses that have accomplished the feat, ranging from Sir Barton in 1919 to Justify in 2018. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the 2020, the “run for the roses” has been temporarily pushed back to the first Saturday in September. Due to the four-month delay a new virtual Triple Crown has been proposed in its place, and it’s scheduled to run today. Eligible horses are each of the aforementioned 13 Triple Crown winners, with 1973 winner Secretariat listed as the 7-2 favorite. Each of the Triple Crown winning jockeys are also listed, including Eddie Arcaro on both Whirlaway (1941) and Citation (1948). So how can that be, you ask? Simple – it’s a virtual fantasy race and they were able to clone Arcaro. So he does not have to make the difficult decision of which Triple Crown winner to ride. He’ll be riding both, he’s that good. FYI: Arcaro says, “Citation could carry both of us and still beat Whirlaway.” As far as today’s race goes, veteran horse racing guru John Pricci, owner of HorseRaceInsider.com, sees it coming down like this: “With a Preakness like move approaching the half-mile pole and through the far turn, the power of Secretariat will overwhelm this great field.” Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the call to the post.
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