To the world at large, horses that win a leg of the Triple Crown have a better chance of making the news than other champions this sport produces.
Whether you are coming off the greatest victory of your career or dealing with something as unlikely as losing your barn to a tornado, the game marches on.
Racing will have to wait another year before it can dream of a Triple Crown winner.
Although it is the only thoroughbred race in America that allows 20 horses to enter, the Kentucky Derby races of my younger days were smaller affairs.
For anyone who is still trying to find their Derby horse, here is a list of less than scientific reasons to bet one horse over another.