Md. Jockey Club Pres. to suggest longer time between Triple Crown races

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by WHAS11

Bloodhorse.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 11:46 PM

(WHAS11)-- Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas wants to talk to his counterparts with the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes to look into lengthening the period between the races of the Triple Crown.

Bloodhorse.com reports that Chuckas thinks two weeks between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and three weeks between the Preakness and the Belmont is 'shortchanging fans and bettors' who do not get an opportunity to see more horses from the Derby in the other two races that follow it.

Only three horses from the Kentucky Derby will run in the 139th Preakness Stakes on May 17, winner California Chrome, 7th place Ride on Curlin and 11th place General A Rod. Seven new horses will battle for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

According to Bloodhorse.com, the plan Chuckas' will present after the running of the Belmont Stakes, would keep the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, with the Preakness falling on the first Saturday of June and then the Belmont Stakes on the first Saturday of July.

 

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