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June 6, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The possibility of American Pharoah completing the Triple Crown at Belmont has me amped on Champion Jockey

I don't know a lot about horse racing, but I'm always excited about the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont races and the possibility of a tripple crown winner. Last year we pinned hopes on California Chrome, but he tied 4th at Belmont. Similar to how some tennis tournaments seem very close to one another, these 3 horse races are only 2 and 3 weeks apart. Just as many of the same tennis pros compete in back-to-back tournaments, its tough for a horse to run all three races.

California Chrome's chances were dashed by the winner who had not competed in either of the previous Tripple Crown races. Some say it should be a closed circuit, which makes sense when a fresh horse appears for the win after the others have endured the Derby and Preakness.

As I said, I don't know too much about the semantics of it all, but I quickly get wrapped up in the charm and formalities of the Tripple Crown. I'd been playing Gallop Racer on the PS2 to get in the mood. This time, I've advanced to Champion Jockey on the PS3 :)

Champion Jockey for PS3 If you have interest in Egyptian history, you may be wondering about this Triple Crown prospect's name. As a kid, I was enthralled by the mysteries of pyramids and the kings who ruled the day - the pharaohs. I was lucky enough to see the King Tut exhibit in DC which left a lasting impression on me. But today you may be curious about the misspelling of American Pharoah. Apparently there was a contest to name the horse and no one noticed the misspelling of the winning entry; American Pharoah.

The last Tripple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. That's quite a long time to be without a 3-time winner. Wired Magazine applies some science to the outcome of the Belmont Stakes. It's an interesting article that shows the benefits of science over speculation and propaganda. We'll see if they're correct!

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