Rac­ing fans find joy in this an­i­mal’s mag­netism

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A big thank you to Amer­i­can Pharoah for win­ning the Triple Crown and end­ing a 37-year drought. Why do we fall in love with th­ese four-legged an­i­mals? Be­cause they cap­ture our hearts like no other ath­letes in the world. They don’t com­mit felonies, carry guns or sell drugs.

We cry tears of joy when they win, be it a Cigar, a Zeny­atta, a John Henry. And cry tears of joy when they sadly leave us, like a Bar­baro, Go For Wand or Ruf­fian. They pro­vide so much plea­sure for us and ask for noth­ing in re­turn. Some­thing to look for­ward to when our lives are dreary. It is an honor and a priv­i­lege to ad­mire their great­ness.

Hope­fully we don’t have to wait an­other 37 years for an­other one.

Craig Lon­don

En­cino

I’m happy for the Triple Crown win­ner. But I got more goose bumps from Bill Dwyre’s “Wire to Wow” piece. It’s fun to read prose that well crafted.

Spike Bragg Long Beach

Let’s ad­mit, this year’s Triple Crown wasn’t ex­actly Af­firmed ver­sus Aly­dar. I’m left with this ques­tion: Is Amer­i­can Pharoah truly a great horse or did the com­pe­ti­tion just stink?

Ron Yukel­son

San Luis Obispo

Halo holes

I have come up with a sim­ple math­e­mat­i­cal for­mula that may at least par­tially ex­plain the An­gels’ de­creased at­ten­dance this sea­son.

When­ever X equals the num­ber of games the An­gels man­age to crawl over .500, they then pro­ceed to go on a los­ing streak of X + 1.

Ron Reeve

Glen­dora

Re­gard­ing the An­gels’ at­ten­dance drop: Maybe they should move back to Ana­heim.

Joe Gon­za­lez Santa Bar­bara

Nice that the An­gels drafted Jerry Dipoto’s son and Mike Trout’s girl­friend’s brother. Hope they can hit.

Jack Wishard Los An­ge­les

For­get “Tanana and Ryan and two days of cryin’.”

Now it’s “Pu­jols and Trout and the rest are out.”

Craig Dunkin

Los An­ge­les

Lineup change

One of the first moves by new Dodgers GM An­drew Fried­man and his stat geeks was to trade All-Star sec­ond base­man Dee Gor­don, think­ing that his on-base per­cent­age was too low. I guess their stats don’t show that a young player can ac­tu­ally im­prove. Gor­don is lead­ing the league in hit­ting and has more stolen bases than the en­tire Dodgers team, which is com­pletely re­liant on home runs. As Fried­man con­tin­ues to turn the Dodgers into the Ha­vana Sugar Kings, one can only imag­ine how the Dodgers would have fared with Gor­don and Joc Ped­er­son bat­ting 1-2 for the next sev­eral sea­sons.

Mike Gam­boa

Buena Park

Sour notes

Ev­ery time I see a Dodgers ad claim­ing “We Love L.A.,” I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Sure, Lon Rosen loves L.A. so much, he re­duced Nancy Bea He­fley’s role to noth­ing, while turn­ing up the vol­ume of his NBA-like sound ef­fects. The con­stant thump­ing is un­bear­able, and we have to lis­ten to Beethoven’s Fifth af­ter ev­ery strike­out.

Stan Kas­ten loves L.A. so much, most of L.A. still can’t watch the Dodgers games on TV. Stan loves L.A. so much that he won’t even talk to L.A.’s largest news­pa­per. Oh, thank you, thank you, Lon, for rec­og­niz­ing Nancy’s im­por­tance. Ever hear of He­len Dell?

Ned Shapiro

Brent­wood

We have al­ready learned that the Guggen­heim brain sur­geons were blind. Now we learn they are deaf as well.

Paul Zim­mel­man

Ma­rina del Rey

Court or­ders

Af­ter watch­ing Steph Curry’s per­for­mance in Game 2 of the play­offs, it re­minded me of Clay­ton Ker­shaw’s Game 1 against the Car­di­nals last year. They may be MVPs, but they’re hu­man af­ter all.

Wayne Kamiya El Se­gundo

It was tough watch­ing LeBron James get a cam­era lens branded in his head. It’s time for pad­ding to be placed around all court­side equip­ment. The NBA should jump at that, be­cause it’s an­other place they can shove nba.com or an­other ad­ver­tis­ing logo in our faces.

Larry Yells

Her­mosa Beach

Buss stop

Mark Feather­stone [Let­ters, June 6], you want to give the Lak­ers’ reins to Jeanie Buss? You mean the same Jeanie Buss who handed over $48 mil­lion to Kobe Bryant for the last two years say­ing he de­served to be the high­est paid player in the NBA be­cause of his ser­vice to the Lak­ers?

Mike Smith

On­tario

Cup stuff

Since when did Red, White and Blue be­come Black, White and Bile Green? What coun­try does Megan Rapi­noe rep­re­sent? What was U.S. Soc­cer think­ing? Oh, I guess they weren’t.

Catherine Wirtz West­lake Vil­lage

Who got paid off for re­quir­ing the women to play on the aw­ful ar­ti­fi­cial turf?

Mike Kvam­men South Pasadena

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Al Bello Getty Images

VIC­TOR ESPINOZA WAS RID­ING HIGH af­ter guiding Amer­i­can Pharoah to victory in the Bel­mont Stakes, giv­ing the colt the Triple Crown.

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