Today, the second leg of the Triple Crown will be run. The Preakness
is one sixteenth of a mile longer than the Kentucky Derby, which was run the first Saturday of the month, and in two weeks, The Belmont, more than a quarter mile longer than The Preakness, will complete the three races, which determine greatness in the Thoroughbred world.
Oh, the life of a great thoroughbred horse. Orb, who brilliantly won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, is being asked by his owners and jockey to be brilliant once again later today. As a still physically developing three-year old, this young stallion is being asked to run with little rest in the pursuit of a goal that has not been accomplished since Affirmed did it in 1978. Each time a horse runs and wins, he is expected to win the next time. If he does; his reward is his owners “moving him up in class” to run against better horses.
We have all felt the weight of expectations, reasonable and not, placed on us by other people. It seems the more we handle, the more is asked of us by others.
Competence is rewarded by greater responsibility.
I know they say, “God only gives you what you are able to handle.” But, and I tread lightly here (cause some of you feel uncomfortable with even the suggestion of humorously criticizing God), sometimes I think God overestimates my ability. I know he definitely has more confidence in me than I do. I’m not a great racehorse, but sometimes, I think my “Owner” thinks a lot more of me than I do. Only thing I can do is keep racing.
Call To The Post Exceptionally Today,