MILLER'S MINUTE: Despite recent events, don't think Triple Crown wins are common
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Justify, who started the historic run in Louisville, has clearly, and "justifiably", joined the lexicon of all-time great horses.
For the longest time, I was glad to be as old as I am, 37 years to be exact, to have witnessed the thrill of Affirmed's trio of duels with Alydar. It was looking more and more like that would be the last Triple Crown, ever.
Several horses, including a couple trained by Bob Baffert, doubled up the Derby and Preakness, but always came up short in the test of champions, the grueling Belmont.
Now, exactly 40 years after Affirmed with Steve Cauthen aboard, Baffert has trained two Triple Crown champs in the last four seasons.
So if you're relatively new to racing, don't discount the significance of that.
The first Saturday in May was the 143rd Run for the Roses.
Justify is just the 13th thoroughbred to complete the Triple Crown. He also broke a 136-year old jinx, as he was the first horse since 1882 to win the Derby without ever racing as a 2-year-old.
With American Pharoah in 2015, Baffert became the first to train a "Grand Slam" winner, adding the Breeder's Cup Classic.
Odds are, Baffert will likely get another the first Saturday in November under the Twin Spires.