3-year-olds showing highly inconsistent through first half

11:21 PM ET

If I wanted to reach for one word to describe the 2017 Triple Crown season, it would be “inconsistent.”

Always Dreaming, so impressive burning off all the other pace pressure in winning the Kentucky Derby by almost three lengths, finished eighth in the Preakness, beaten 14 lengths.

Cloud Computing, beaten seven lengths when third in the Wood Memorial, came back to upset the Preakness.

Neither came back to compete in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

Tapwrit, sixth in the Derby, beaten slightly more than 10 lengths, and Irish War Cry, 10th in the Derby after clubbing Cloud Computing in the Wood, beaten 16 1/2 lengths, came back to finish one-two in the Belmont, two lengths apart, with the third finisher Patch a very long 5 3/4 lengths farther back in third.

“Inconsistent” is not a word that carries with it a positive connotation. But Tapwrit and his connections certainly don’t care about that because their colt by the incredible Tapit is the winner of a Triple Crown event, and thus is

Article source: http://www.espn.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/19601908/crop-3-year-olds-highly-inconsistent

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