Since 1949, the time it takes thoroughbreds to run around the 1.25-mile track has averaged 2:02.25, and no winning race time has deviated by more than 3 secondsInterestingly, horse speeds have plateaued but human speeds have not. Doping? Genetics? Sport science?
The 2014 race, run a few days after my column, played out true to form with California Chrome's winning with a time of 2:03.66.
Have a look at my column for a discussion.