The Triple Crown Of Thoroughbred Racing also referred to as the Triple Crown, is comprised of three races for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses. The first leg of the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby. The second leg is the Preakness Stakes followed by the Belmont Stakes. Only thirteen horses have won all three races in a single year to earn the prestigious title of the Triple Crown. The last horse to win was Justify in 2018.
About Each Race
- The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May and is raced at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s run on a 1 1⁄4-mile dirt track.
- The Preakness Stakes is held on the third Saturday in May and is raced at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is run on a 1 3⁄16-mile dirt track.
- The Belmont Stakes takes place in June and is raced at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It’s run on a 1 1⁄2-mile dirt track which is the longest race in U.S. thoroughbred racing.
Winners of The Triple Crown
|2018||Justify||Mike E. Smith||Bob Baffert||China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||Ahmed Zayat|
|1978||Affirmed||Steve Cauthen||Laz Barrera||Harbor View Farm|
|1977||Seattle Slew||Jean Cruguet||William H. Turner, Jr.||Mickey and Karen L. Taylor,|
Tayhill Stable/Jim Hill, et al.
|1973||Secretariat||Ron Turcotte||Lucien Laurin||Meadow Stable|
|1948||Citation||Eddie Arcaro||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1946||Assault||Warren Mehrtens||Max Hirsch||King Ranch|
|1943||Count Fleet||Johnny Longden||Don Cameron||Fannie Hertz|
|1941||Whirlaway||Eddie Arcaro||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1937||War Admiral||Charley Kurtsinger||George H. Conway||Samuel D. Riddle|
|1935||Omaha||Willie Saunders||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud|
|1930||Gallant Fox||Earl Sande||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud|
|1919||Sir Barton||Johnny Loftus||H. Guy Bedwell||J. K. L. Ross|