Virtual Triple Crown Showdown
Virtual Horse Racing: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Due to the Coronavirus, sports betting has become virtual betting where we’re now handicapping simulations and video games. On Saturday, we turn our attention to horse racing for the Virtual Triple Crown Showdown, which will be a virtual race between 13 of the best horses who ever lived. It’s a nice twist and there’s some historic horses out there providing great odds.
Let’s give a quick breakdown of each horse and come up with a pick.
Secretariat, +175 - Secretariat is widely considered a top-two horse who ever lived, as he won the Triple Crown in 1973 and won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths, the largest margin of victory in the races history. Secretariat set speed records in all three races and won 16 of his final 20 races overall.
American Pharoah, +550 - American Pharoah was the 12th Triple Crown winner and became the first horse in history to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing. With wins in nine of his last 10 races, American Pharoah is arguably the best horse in this generations history.
Affirmed, +800 - Before American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, Affirmed was the most recent horse to complete the feat 37 years prior. Affirmed won 22 of his 29 career races, including winning each of his last seven overall, and he earned over 2.3 million dollars.
Citation, +800 - Citation was the first horse in history to top a million dollars in earnings, and he also won 16 straight races in major stakes race competition. Winning the Triple Crown in 1948, Citation is one of the best Thoroughbreds who ever lived.
Seattle Slew, +800 - Seattle Slew is one of two horses to win the Triple Crown while being undefeated in previous races, as he won each of his first nine races overall. Seattle Slew is also known for his great bloodlines with his sons Swale and A.P. Indy later having success in their own right.
Count Fleet, +1200 - Count Fleet is the sixth Triple Crown winner and at the time his 25 lengths margin of victory was a Belmont Stakes record. Count Fleet was undefeated in distances of at least a mile, and he won each of his last 10 races overall.
Justify, +1200 - Justify is the most recent Triple Crown winner, accomplishing the feat in 2018. With only six races under his belt, Justify is also the only American Triple Crown winner who is undefeated in his career.
War Admiral, +1200 - War Admiral became the fourth Triple Crown winner in 1937 and won 21 of his 26 starts for his career. While he started his career off slow and had doubters, War Admiral picked things up as he got older and is a horse who still influences the sport to this day.
Whirlaway, +1200 - Whirlaway became the fifth Triple Crown winner in 1941 and won 32 of his 60 career races overall. Whirlaway is the only horse in history to win both the the Triple Crown and Travers Stakes.
Omaha, +2500 - Omaha was a slow starter and only won nine of his 22 races, but he won the Triple Crown in 1935 and is the only Triple Crown winner not to win Horse of the Year honors.
Assault, +3300 - Assault won the Triple Crown in 1946 and ended up winning 18 of his 42 races overall. Few horses had the heart that Assault had, as he battled a deformed foot and needed extremely careful handling throughout his racing career.
Gallant Fox, +3300 - Gallant Fox is the second horse to win the Triple Crown, which he accomplished in 1930, the same year he won nine of his 10 races overall. Gallant Fox was the worlds highest earner Thoroughbred at the time of his retirement with $328,165 in career prize money.
Sir Barton, +3300 - Sir Barton won 13 of his 31 races for his career and was the first ever Triple Crown winner in 1919. Sir Barton is often considered the forgotten Triple Crown winner and the bulk of his career was forever in the shadows of Man o' War.
Pick: You can make a case for about five different horses in this race, as you’re talking about some of the greatest horses to ever do it and horses that aren’t used to losing when it’s time to hit the track. However, there’s a reason why there’s a decent drop-off in odds from Secretariat and the rest of the field. Secretariat is widely considered a top-two horse of all-time only behind Man o' War, and is a horse who often set records when he raced. Even in the virtual world, I’m going to assume it’s going to be tough to beat what Secretariat brought to the table in terms of raw speed. Secretariat was an odds-on favorite 17 times in his career and won 13 of those races. I’ll ride that trend.