The Triple Crown races are over – Now what?

All the hype around a second Triple Crown winner in consecutive years has died down.  Nyquist didn’t fit the bill, and Exaggerator wasn’t a super horse.  However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some exciting Thoroughbred racing on the horizon for 2016. If you’re looking for a fun getaway weekend, look no further than the highly regarded Haskell Invitational July 31 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, or the Travers Stakes on August 27 at Saratoga in upstate New York.  Both venues are beautiful, with a lot of history. Many of the three-year-old horses will continue to try and prove they are the best of their generation, including Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator, the winners of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, respectively. The summer will also include more action from California Chrome, the beloved 2014 Derby and Preakness winner.  Currently the all-time money winner, with more than $12 million in earnings to his name thus far, he’s in training to run Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap on July 23. Also fun to watch will be the six-year-old mare Beholder, and the undefeated three-year-old filly Songbird.   Both could take on the boys come the Breeders’ Cup races November 4 and 5 at Santa Anita Racetrack in California, if they continue to dominate their same gender competitors. As always, updates are posted to my Facebook page, Triple Crown Dreams.  

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