Sherman Says Time to Change Triple Crown Setup

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5/18/2014
2:25 pm EDT

Trainer Art Sherman said Sunday morning that it’s time that the Triple Crown schedule is adjusted. But there is a catch.

“I think they should change that rule and make it to where it’s about a nine-week program,” said California Chrome's conditioner. “I think you’d have a lot more shooters in (the Preakness). You’d have a lot more Derby horses that would try it. Now you only get two or three Derby horses that go."

But there's a big If in his outlook.

Sherman said fresh horses should be prohibited from entering the series after the Kentucky Derby. It’s now quite common for horses that were beaten in the Derby to skip the Preakness and run in the Belmont.

“To me, if you’re going to the Triple Crown, go for the Triple Crown. Don’t pick your spots,” he said.  “Let everybody be in the same situation and do it.  The Triple Crown is the Triple Crown. If you’re good enough horse to do it, let’s go. Make it fair where you don’t have to pick and choose your spots. I think that shows what kind of horse you’ve got.”

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