Produced from the genetics of an $8K mare and a $2.5K stallion, a stout colt named California Chrome slammed the competition in the 2014 edition of the Kentucky Derby held yesterday (May 3, 2014).
Take a look at the logo on that horse's blinders. It says "DAP". Know what that means? "Dumb Ass Partners". Yep, you read that correctly. The owners were chastised for getting into horse racing using the above-mentioned horses as their starting point. At one point they were called "Dumb asses" for their efforts and the name "DAP" was born.
And yet here they are, winners of the Kentucky Derby with a real shot to win the Triple Crown.
That being said, there is still a slowing trend in American triple crown racing. California Crown won with a time of 2:03:66, nearly a second slower than last year (2013) and generally slower, historically - and he did it by nearly two lengths, revealing the sluggish pace of the pack.
I wrote and article for Statistics Views which opened the possibility that synthetic training surfaces are contributing to this problem. Keep an eye on the 2014 times for the triple crown this year. Let's see if the slowing trend continues.
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