The easiest way to get a rise out of thoroughbred racing devotees is to ask touchy questions about this year's Triple Crown. A typical conversation might go something like this:
Q. Is it true that Unbridled, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, can walk backward in Saturday's Belmont Stakes and still win $1 million?
A. Uh, yes, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Belmont, most arduous of the Triple Crown series, will be a farce.
Q. Oh, really? Then why isn't Summer Squall, who won the Preakness, running in the Belmont?
A. Because he can't run in New York on the same medication he was given legally in Kentucky and Maryland.
Q. So he can't win if he's not on drugs?
A. Nobody knows for sure.
Q. Well, he needed the medication in the Derby and the Preakness, right?
A. Not necessarily. You see....
Q. Oh, forget it.....