[From Craig] It has been 37 years since the same horse won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes (the Triple Crown) in one year. I was young then!
This drought has been ended by American Pharoah this year:
The original motion pictures (movies) were developed because people couldn't tell with their naked eyes, whether all of a running horse's hooves were ever off the ground at once. See above for how easy it is to see this with modern technology...
The horse's name was submitted by a fan who had spelling problems (should be "pharaoh"). One of the reasons for this success was putting earplugs in the horse's ears. Next year, 1) many thoroughbred registrations will be submitted with misspelled names, and 2) many horses will have earplugs.
I've been watching triple crown races since about 1960. While Secretariat remains the best I've seen, Pharoah shares the characteristic of never having been significantly gained on (caught up to) by any other horse in the last quarter of any of the three races.
A great champion! Merikay says the country and the world needed such an example of excellence about now, because it gives us hope!
P.S. Maybe there's hope for ending the California drought?