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The Belmont divides myth from legendThe pursuit of U.S. thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown has become so mythological that it might as well be contested by unicorns. A single thoroughbred possessed of all the necessary attributes, and smiled upon by all the necessary racing luck, hasn’t been seen in 35 years. If you take into account the 25-year gap between Citation in 1948 and Secretariat in 1973, there have been three Triple Crown winners in the last 65 years.
If you are of a certain age and were curious enough about these horses racing on your TV, the six years that spawned Secretariat, Seattle Slew and the indescribable three-race battle between Affirmed and Alydar in 1978, will have embedded a love of horse racing on your soul. The magnificence of the horse in full stride, the distilled purity of those 110 to 150 seconds while the race is afoot. Every May and June since, Triple Crown Saturdays have been about hoping to capture that feeling of awe and achievement again.
Wait. I’m starting to question these loving nicknames.
This morning I woke up to a TIME cover story about the trans movement being at a tipping point and seeing my dear friend and sister Laverne Cox on the cover. Such a major media moment for a trans woman of color to be visible and vocal in this way, helping spark multiple conversations about identity, about the intersection of race, class, gender and so much more.