This past weekend was the last race of the prestigious Triple Crown series, and many people from Palm Beach equestrian homes tuned in to watch it. This year was full of upsets and surprises, with Maximum Security, the top finisher at the Kentucky Derby disqualified in a controversial post-race decision. In the Preakness Stakes, War of Will won the race, but the big story was Bodexpress. The horse threw its jockey, John Velasquez, but went on to finish the race without a rider. Bodexpress even managed to stay with the pack for the race!
South Florida Horse Property Owners Get Together for Triple Crown Watch Parties
The Triple Crown is a relatively rare distinction for a horse to win. First of all, the horse would have to win the Kentucky Derby, which is a race only three-year-old horses can enter. The race is unusual for the length of its track, which is 1 1/4 miles. The Derby is often the first time a horse has run such a long race. In addition, 20 horses are allowed to enter. The Kentucky Derby is often called the First Jewel in the Triple Crown. It’s probably also the best-known race and a great party. South Florida horse property owners might plan a Derby party or even make the trip to see the race in person.
Next on the circuit is the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland. The race is slightly shorter than the Derby, at 1 3/16 miles. It’s also the oldest race. The first Preakness was held in 1873, while the first Derby was in 1875. If a horse wins both the Derby and Preakness, the final race, Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York become the most exciting one of the season. It is the longest race, at 1.5 miles, and its track is the only one in the United States that is so long. This year wasn’t one when the Triple Crown was at stake, it was still an exciting race. Sir Winston pulled ahead of the favorite, Tacitus, late in the race to take his surprise win.
We’re all horse lovers in this office, so give us a call if you’re interested in buying or selling Palm Beach equestrian homes.