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Who was the Greatest Triple Crown winner? Who Would be the Least Respected? by Lee Lane-Edgar
Most horse racing experts will agree that the greatest Triple Crown winner was probably Secretariat, although a few dissenters may cast their vote for the great Citation, the #2 and #3 ranked greatest American thoroughbreds of all time, according to Blood Horse magazine.
In a fantasy Triple Crown race featuring all 11 winners, would Secretariat be a lock? I am not so sure. People forget that Citation won 28 of his first 30 races, which is an absolutely amazing statistic. Some of the official comments next to these wins read âgoing away, easily, handily, galloping, much the best, eased up, and in handâ. In fact six times the comment read âeasilyâ, a comment that is rare to see even once in most past performances of even the top horses.
What makes Citations Triple Crown especially remarkable is that he won a 1 mile race called the Jersey in between the Preakness and Belmont, and by 11 lengths! Perhaps he deserves extra points for winning the Triple Crown series plus one in between.
Of course who can argue with Secretariat as the top choice. This is the horse that set three straight track records in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness (unofficially), and the Belmont Stakes. His time of 2:24 flat for the Belmont is a record that may stand forever. When Secretariat was on, there was no stopping him. He was a bit more inconsistent however, registering three losses even in his prime as a three year old, without seemingly good excuses.
It is difficult to say who would win for sure. I think Secretariat would win 6 out of 10 races and Citation 4 out of 10 races in which they faced off against each other (as long as Man oâ War was not in the race as well).
As for the weakest Triple Crown winner? It is not Seattle Slew or Count Fleet, both of whom were undefeated through the Belmont Stakes, and who are ranked #9 and #5, respectively, by Blood Horse.
Affirmed was one of the all time greats, and was even greater as a four year old. Whirlaway was inconsistent perhaps due to his quirky nature, but was brilliant when he was right. Gallant Fox, the 1930 winner, won 10 of his last 11 starts and usually won with ease.
That leaves Sir Barton, Omaha, and Assault.
Assault was pretty good, and though after his Triple Crown win, he hit a rough patch, losing six straight, he came back with a vengeance and reeled off seven consecutive wins in big races. Still, how does a Triple Crown winner lose six straight races?
Omaha was solid if not brilliant. After his Belmont win, he went on to win four of his last seven races. But he gets extra props because he did something no other Triple Crown winner has ever done, and that is race in Europe. In fact, he raced his last four races in Europe. He won the Victor Wild Stakes, then the Queenâs Plate, then got beat by just a nose in the Ascot Gold Cup, and then in his final race, the Princess of Wales Stakes, he led 3 furlongs to the wire, was passed in the final furlong, but then came on again to show his courage but came up short by a neck. I admire a horse that goes over and races on grass in Europe at distances of up to 2 miles, and he gets extra points in my book.
That leaves us with Sir Barton, who really didnât show much at all before the Derby. He did win the Triple Crown of 1919 pretty easily, and did go on two win 9 of his next 21 races, and he did beat the great Exterminator in the Saratoga Handicap as a four year old. He also set the world record for 1 3/16 miles in the Merchants and Citizens Handicap at Saratoga, running it in 155 and 3/5, which is a full 4/5 seconds faster than Shackleford ran this yearâs running of the Preakness (156 and 2/5), and that was back in 1919 when times were much much slower.
All in all, I would say Assault gets the vote for weakest Triple Crown runner. What do you think?
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USING PUNCTUATION IS ETIQUETTE by Syndi Seid
This year 24 September 2011 has been designated “National Punctuation
Day” by my good friend Jeff Rubin and his wife Norma. In their honor, and
to celebrate this important day, I am sharing a few solutions of my own on
word and punctuation usage.
One goal of Advanced Etiquette is to make people feel comfortable and at ease
in social situations. While proper punctuation and word usage may not be
directly related to having good manners and etiquette, using language
correctly is part of presenting yourself to others with the best image
possible. When you say or write something incorrectly, it sends uncomfortable
signals to the listener or reader, similar to the screeching sounds of
running your fingers across a chalkboard—yipes! Using correct punctuation
and words will elevate your stature in both social and business situations
1. IT’S VERSUS ITS. “It” is the exception to the possessive rule.
Generally you add an apostrophe to indicate ownership. For example, this is
“It's” breaks the rule. It’s means "it is;" "its" is possessive.
2. THERE VERSUS THEIR. Which is correct?... “Cheryl and Pam walked there
dogs” or “Cheryl and Pam walked their dogs.” Choose Door Number 2.
There is a location (among other meanings) but their is the pronoun for more
than one person.
3. FURTHER VERSUS FARTHER. Further means time or quantity, as in, “He
wished he could pursue the subject further.” Farther means distance, as in,
“He threw the ball farther down the field than expected” and “New York
is farther from Denver than Omaha.” English being an ever-changing
language, some dictionaries now say these words are interchangeable. I find
this unfortunate; to me these are, and should remain, totally distinct and
4. LESS AND MORE ARE NOT FEWER AND GREATER. Less and more refer to quantity.
For example, “She filled the blue cup more (or less) than the red cup.”
Fewer and greater refer to number. I am bothered every time I see “Express
Line, 10 Items or Less.” These signs are incorrect, which irritates me to
no end. The signs should read “Express Line: 10 Items or Fewer.” Every
time I see this, it makes me think about never returning to that store. Their
image as an educated, professional establishment goes straight to the bottom
of the list.
5. ZERO OR O. Zero is a number. O is a letter. While most people are careful
to type the right character, many folks are less careful when talking. In
speech, use the word zero to state a number. For example, “the area code
for San Jose, California, is four zero eight.”
6. STATIONERY VERSUS STATIONARY. Use your beautiful personalized stationery
to write a thank-you note for the business lunch; use a stationary bike to
keep in shape. Stationary means to stay in one place and stationery refers to
materials for letter writing.
7. COMPLIMENT VERSUS COMPLEMENT. Give a compliment to a friend whose jewelry
complements her eyes. One refers to giving praise and the other mean to have
something match or “go along” with something else.
8. HYPHENS AND DASHES. A hyphen is a very short horizontal line used between
compound words such as your telephone number and zip code+4. To be correct,
say the word “hyphen” not “dash” when stating your telephone number
and/or zip code+4. A telephone number should correctly be stated as “area
A written dash is a longer horizontal line used to set-off a comment or
interruption within a sentence. It is stronger than a comma and less formal
than a colon. Verbally, these kind of comments are called “asides.”
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Manners-ism, How Etiquette may be the Next Avant-garde by John Diamond-Nigh
Where have all the manners gone? Three things give rise to my query. First, the failure of folks day by day to just say thank you for an act of kindness or generosity. Second, as reported in the New York Times recently, the dilapidated sportsmanship of more than the usual handful of spoiled Olympic athletes who just can't grasp how they could lose or why bible-thick Omaha steaks aren't steaming away on every streetcorner in Turin. For heroes like them. And third, the rancorous mooing between herds that is the picture of current cultural discourse. Did someone say fair mindedness? What purple critter are you? A left-wing pundit (could just as well have been a conservative one) recently extolled the virtue of passion while defending an instance of clearly barbaric personal assault. We have a new it word, I suspect. Passion. A blanket exoneration of every kind of stupid, well, mooing.
Back in ancient high school, that long ago, I threw discus and shotput. Hated losing, loved to win. Of course we want our team to be the best, but isn't it also in our national interest to field a team of competitors who are exemplary offspring of that responsible freedom we herald as mankind's highest ideal? Athletes as fair and generous in spirit as they are ruthless in competition? I'd send every athlete who wants to represent his or her country to a month of etiquette classes. This is how you shakes hands. This is when you shake hands. OK, maybe not the most dazzling form of athletic dexterity, but essential nonetheless. Make the penalty for rotten behaviour severe.
The Tipping Territory.
About passion, it's over, I think. At least as a euphemism for the simplistic one-track thinking, or fundamentalism, of current political, intellectual and cultural debate. I'd like to think so, anyway. I'd like to think that, just as Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point ushered in an optimistic new way to think about change, we are ready for a brand new territory where civility governs passion, where people are free to think for themselves and where we actually listen to and consider alternative points of view. A non-left, non-right territory capable of fresh ideas. Less emphasis on being cool or on being righteous, those identical twins, and more on being interesting. See, good manners have a very pragmatic, even avant-garde potential. They open up fresh space for new ideas, new ways of thinking. They usher in that most radical of subversives, optimism. If someone is polite to you, you listen. Listening in turn invigorates and reshapes your own thoughts. If someone is shouting at you, hey, you shout back in the same cliches you alway use to shout back.
Etiquette classes for all of us.
What a chimera, etiquette classes for young athletes. How about this, then. Etiquette classes for all of us. And every five years, a refresher course. Airline pilots update their skills regularly. Rough weather, emergency situations, drastic loss of altitude are no less frequent in the skies of day-to-day life and updating the social skills to navigate through them smoothly, graciously may not be such a bad idea.
Two words. One syllable each. We're not talking elocutionary figure skating here. Simple, simple, simple. A handwritten note, into the envelope, on goes a stamp and you have sent a huge bouquet of goodwill into the world. Better yet, forget the stamp and just tuck it under your wife's coffee cup.
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