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Was the Triple Crown unfair to California Chrome?

I applaud the proposal by Tom Chuckas of the Maryland Jockey Club to modify the Triple Crown schedule. Even the owner of Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist said it would be "better for the horses" if the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont were spread out. ("California Chrome fairy tale turns grim after owner's 'cowards' tirade," June 8) Thousands of people who have never been to a race were captivated by the California Chrome story and wanted to see a Triple Crown winner. The justification "that we have always done it this way" is an absurd reason for not adjusting this grueling schedule, cruel to horses like Chrome who ran all three...

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