If they ran these races on paper, then odds wouldn't matter.
If they ran these races on paper, a jockey in his 50s making a comeback would just gallop behind the field.
If they ran these races on paper, the trainer with the most horses in the race would be assured—no, guaranteed to win.
But they don't run these races on paper. They run. They compete, and as a result, we were treated to things we never could have imagined in early May—and even before that, when these three-year-old horses ran toward Kentucky.
Saturday marked the end of the Triple Crown season, the first trimester in the gestation period that is a year at the racetrack. All they do is run in circles, but oh my, do they remind us why we keep tuning in.
Read on to see the biggest surprises and thrills from this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.