Horse Racing - The Triple Crown

 

The Triple Crown is the pinnacle of horseracing achievements for three-year-old thoroughbreds. It requires winning three of the biggest stakes races in the world, back to back to back, all within a five-week stretch that starts on the first Saturday of May. The races, in order running, are The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes two weeks later, and The Belmont Stakes three weeks after that. Each of these races is a prestigious event in and of itself but when a horse combines to win all of them the feat becomes legendary. In fact, only eleven horses have been Triple Crown winners.

 

Horse Racing - Triple Crown Winners

Horse Racing - Triple Crown Winners

Year

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

1919

Sir Barton

Johnny Loftus

H. Guy Bedwell

J.K.L. Ross

1930

Gallant Fox

Earl Sande

J.E. Fitzsimmons

Belair Stud

1935

Omaha

Willie Saunders

J.E. Fitzsimmons

Belair Stud

1937

War Admiral

Charley Kurtsinger

George Conway

Samuel Riddle

1941

Whirlaway

Eddie Arcaro

Ben A. Jones

Calumet Farm

1943

Count Fleet

Johnny 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

Billy Turner

Karen Taylor

1978

Affirmed

Steve Cauthen

Laz Barrera

Harbor View Farm

 

Featured Sporting Events

Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three Triple Crown races—Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes—in the same year in 1919. But the phrase "triple crown" wasn't associated with the feat until Daily Racing Form columnist Charles Hatton used it while covering Gallant Fox's winning streak in 1930.

Seven horses won the Triple Crown in the 1930s and 40s, but only three have won it since. The last, Affirmed, was in 1978.

Since then, a number of horses have won the Derby and Preakness, but could not add the Belmont.