This is a recent and well liked post from my Examiner column. Even though the story subject is older news, I hope you’ll find a timeless message within. Enjoy*
In following up my Triple Crown story from a few weeks ago, I wanted to find a fresh angle from what’s been in the news since the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. After all, anyone following the story already knows the big moments from days ago. So is there a story within the story, and I realized there truly is one. A story for this time and these horses and all people is one of “the difference a day can make”.
One week ago the owners, trainers, crew and entourage of I’ll Have Another were poised for history with a Triple Crown win; while those from the camp of Union Rags had been forced to shake off a crushing defeat and disappointing slip from grace as a favorite to win the Triple Crown.
Yet in came Thursday, and a first notice of a slight leg issue for I’ll Have Another. A new jockey and fresh rest had been given Union Rags, with an owner, trainer and supporters who believed their horse’s place in history thus far was more from misfortune than mistaken promise.
Then arrives Friday and I’ll Have Another is scratched from the race and put into retirement from his developing leg injury. His legacy is now open to a whole new beginning through his offspring, while Triple Crown hopes and history have been left to be won by another horse, another year. Disappointment and hope may have been birthed at the same time, but eventually anticipation overshadowed the field of horses for the Belmont Stakes as they prepared to make their walk to claim the history that is waiting.
On Saturday bells rang, gates opened, and horses thundered down the track with Union Rags streaking to the winning finish of the Belmont Stakes, reclaiming the glory it was said had been eluding him all along. While it may have been a bittersweet moment for some, for Union Rags, his owners, trainer, crew and many others, it came to be a day of celebration, accomplishment and recognition that they had continued to believe in and hoped for all along.
So in the end, there is another message surrounding who won and lost the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. The other message we all can learn from for life in general, is that of the truth to the saying “What a difference a day can make.”
So be hopeful and be encouraged and most of all be inspired. For “What a difference a day can make”, is most certainly the truth.