In the United States, the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, commonly known as the “Triple Crown”, is a series of three Thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses run in May and early June of each year consisting of the Kentucky Derby, followed 2 weeks later by the shorter Preakness Stakes, and 3 weeks later Belmont Stakes, the longest of the three races.
- Kentucky Derby, run over the 11⁄4-mile (2.0 km) dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky Link: HERE
- Preakness Stakes, run over the 13⁄16-mile (1.9 km) dirt track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
- Belmont Stakes, run over the 11⁄2-mile (2.4 km) dirt track, the longest in thoroughbred racing, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Link: HERE
Triple Crown Winners- The 11 Triple Crown winners are Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation(1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978).
Interactive Website listing Triple Crown Winners: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/4500325/ns/sports-horse_racing/
There has not been a Triple Crown winner since June 7, 1978, and this is the longest drought in Triple Crown history.
- Since 1978, eleven horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
- Real Quiet has come the closest to winning the Triple Crown, losing the Belmont Stakes by a nose in 1998. Video: HERE Article (DRF) HERE
- Charismatic led the Belmont Stakes in the final furlong in 1999, but fractured his left front leg in the final stretch and fell back to third.
- The five most recent horses to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but either lost or withdrew from the Belmont Stakes were War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, Big Brown in 2008, and I’ll Have Another in 2012.
- In 2012, I’ll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, was scratched from the Belmont Stakes, due to concerns about a possible foot injury.
- Only one horse, Alydar, has placed (finished second) in all three races. He was defeated by Affirmed in all three races in 1978 by a combined margin of two lengths.
Source for info above: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Triple_Crown_of_Thoroughbred_Racing
Almost- A list of all those who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but lost their triple crown chance in the Belmont Stakes. Click to open Pdf file: Triple Crown Almost