The early portions of the Triple Crown trail are filled with ups and downs, tests and obstacles, rewards and validations. Ralph Evans experienced plenty of those emotions and even more during the early part of the year with his Upstart, who won the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes in January.
The longtime owner from Connecticut soaked in every moment and provided readers with a taste of the trip in the story titled "Evans enjoys the ride with his 'fluke,' " published Jan. 28 and This Is Horse Racing's fifth most read story of 2015. He understood the odds of getting to the spring classics - which Upstart did, finishing a disappointing 18th in the Kentucky Derby - and was realistic in his approach.
"I understand the vicissitudes of the game," he said. "When there are 30 or 40,000 yearlings a year and you buy two or three, it's pretty much a longshot you're going to get anywhere, so I take the good with the bad very well."
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