IN THE PADDOCK | by Tom Law

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They say you always remember your first.

Your first Breeders’ Cup, that is.

What was your first?

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Leave it to my great friend, running buddy and former Lexington assistant fire chief Rick Jordan to get philosophical on the roughly 75-mile drive from Lexington to Clermont, Kentucky, last Friday.

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The singing started about a half hour before the show and it continued for well over an hour after the show.

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Everyone talks about pace.

In racing it's early pace, fast pace, slow pace. Pace makes the race. That kind of stuff.

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The 2015 Triple Crown is nearly a year in the books, the 2016 edition now only days away.

There’s a new cast of characters and plenty of familiar names associated with the current crop of 3-year-old stars. There’s an undefeated colt with connections who came close to the sweep not that long ago, others trained by past horsemen who’ve succeeded on America’s biggest stage, too. There is interest in the new but make no mistake, there’s still plenty of American Pharoah fever to go around in the Bluegrass.