About this time of year when horseracing yet again lacks the benefits of having a Triple Crown winner, folks start talking about changing the traditional format.

James Scully of made these comments earlier this week:

The current Triple Crown format works. Thoroughbred racing is in the spotlight for five weeks, but people won’t care as much about the Preakness or Belmont if they’re spaced further out. The 31-year-old drought is irrelevant; it’s the pursuit of the Triple Crown that matters.

Eleven horses have reached the threshold, only to fall short in the Belmont, since Affirmed swept the series in 1978, but none of those horses would’ve improved the sport by winning it. It’s the difficulty of the chase that everybody gets caught up in, and the Triple Crown will become less interesting if you make it easier.

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