Second half of year to be interesting in horse racing | Horse Racing

Always Dreaming wasn’t able to turn around in two weeks following his Kentucky Derby win and put in a repeat performance in the Preakness Stakes.

Made the turn for home and came up empty.

He’ll get a break now and will more than likely show up in at least a couple of the big summer and fall races. The Haskell or the Jim Dandy, the Travers Stakes, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

There won’t be two weeks between races anymore. He’ll get at last four, maybe five to six or even longer, depending on what races trainer Todd Pletcher picks.

He’ll be ready for the second half of the year that will be necessary to determine the top 3-year-old in the land. 

Next week’s Belmont Stakes will probably put its winner in the mix, especially if it’s Preakness runner-up Classic Empire or Wood Memorial winner Irish War Cry, if he runs.

Preakness winner Cloud Computing will not run in the Belmont, so there will be three different horses winning this year’s Triple Crown races.

Which will make the second half of the 3-year-old season mighty interesting.

And there will almost certainly be a name or two that we’re fairly, or even completely, unfamiliar with that pops up and forces us to pay attention for at least a brief moment.

So, as we get get ready for the Belmont Stakes in a week, there is no clear top horse or maybe even horses this year.

Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing and Classic Empire are the go-to names for now because of what these horses have done so far this year and the last three weeks in particular.

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire had a chance to distance themselves from the rest with a win in the Preakness. 

Cloud Computing emerged on the scene. For some, he came out of nowhere, but there were plenty touting this horse as one to watch out for in the Preakness. Those people were correct.

We’ll talk Belmont next week.

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