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The trash also included such unexpected items as several green tennis balls, a canary cage, assorted men's and women's underwear, half an ounce of marijuana and unmistakable evidence that Pimlico had been visited by a cow.
If the above leaves you feeling down in the dumps, be advised that a Baltimore jeweler named Fred Brown followed up on the Preakness by unveiling a new line of baubles suitable for racegoers everywhere.
Brown's 18-karat gold stirrups, bridles, horses' heads and other trinkets sell for from $200 to $1,500. He calls them "Spectacular Bits."
TRIPLING THE TRIPLE
For 25 years, from Citation in 1948 to Secretariat in 1973, no thoroughbred was able to win the Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Some horsemen even said there might never be another Triple Crown winner because it was too much to ask of a still maturing 3-year-old. Besides, they pointed out, with the number of foals increasing from 5,819 in Citation's birth year of 1945 to 24,954 in Secretariat's birth year of '70, the chances of one colt's winning all three races had to be greatly reduced.
Now, though. Spectacular Bid is expected to win the Belmont on June 9, just as he did the Derby and Preakness, and become the fourth Triple Crown winner in seven years and the third in a row. How can this be?
Good breeding, says Trainer Johnny Longden: "It's way up in quality. There are so many high-class stallions now and a lot of good broodmares. There's got to be one good one from all those horses."
Poor breeding, says Trainer Jimmy Jones: "We're raising more horses than ever, but we're not coming up with that many good ones. It seems that we're coming up with one right-good horse and the rest don't amount to much."
Other experts cite poor racing luck during the 25-year drought, circumstance, better feed, faster tracks or an unfavorable alignment of the planets. The truth is that no human knows for sure and the horses aren't talking.