For those of you watching the second leg of the triple crown you might not have noticed that a horse called Jackson Bend might have won the race except for the poor placemnent by the jockey of putting him on the rail behind the leaders for most of the race.
These photos show how Jackson Bend was pinned in by the far turn and forced to break stride and circle out around the leaders. Jackson Bend has the jockey with the purple cap. By the top of the final turn he was not in the picture. Thhen suddenly, afte circlinghorses, he is challenging the leaders down the stretch.
Jackson Bend continues to close as they near the finish line coming from outside and has now slipped between horses.
He closes on the second horse and leader in the final paces.
As they cross the finish line Jackson Bend #6 is still closing on the leader and is a head behind the second horse, nearly completing a remarkable recovery from the terrible placement going into the final turn.
In the end we will have no Triple Crown champion in 2010 making this the longest spell between Triple Crown champions in history. Next year will be 32 years with no Triple Crrown champion.