The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing is the most celebrated event in the American horse racing. It consists of 3 Horse Races: Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.
A horse must win all of these three horse races in order to be a Triple Crown Winner. Being a Triple Crown Champion is considered to be the greatest achievement of a thoroughbred race horse, the horse racing pinnacle. There have only been 12 Triple Crown winners since 1919.
The last member of the exclusive Triple Crown Winners Club is American Pharoah, which won the 2015 Triple Crown. Big Brown failed in 2008 when he completely fell apart in the Belmont Stakes and was pulled up around the final turn then eased down the stretch.
Since 1978, 11 subsequent horses won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but failed in the Belmont. I'll Have Another had his chance in 2012, but sadly he was scratched due to an injury the day before the Belmont Stakes and retired to stud.
|Triple Crown Winners by year|
|1919||Sir Barton||John Loftus||H. G. Bedwell||J. K. L. Ross|
|1930||Gallant Fox||Earl Sande||James Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud|
|1935||Omaha||William Saunders||James Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud|
|1937||War Admiral||Charley Kurtsinger||George Conway||Samuel D. Riddle|
|1941||Whirlaway||Eddie Arcaro||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1943||Count Fleet||John Longden||Don Cameron||Mrs. J. D. Hertz|
|1946||Assault||Warren Mehrtens||Max Hirsch||King Ranch|
|1948||Citation||Eddie Arcaro||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1973||Secretariat||Ron Turcotte||Lucien Laurin||Meadow Stable|
|1977||Seattle Slew||Jean Cruguet||William Turner, Jr.||Karen L. Taylor|
|1978||Affirmed||Steve Cauthen||Lazaro S. Barrera||Harbor View Farm|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||Ahmed Zayat|
|2016||Nyquist||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O'Neill||J. Paul Reddam||2017||Always Dreaming||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias, Siena Farm and West Point|
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