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The Triple Crown

The Triple Crown in horse racing consists of three specific races held in the United States, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Winning the Triple Crown is a rare and highly coveted achievement in horse racing. The quest for the Triple Crown captures the imagination of fans and participants alike, making it an important and revered accomplishment in the world of horse racing.

The concept of the Triple Crown dates back to the late 19th century, with the first series officially recognized in the United States in 1919.

Citation the 1948 Kentucky Derby winner "Citation" the 1948 Kentucky Derby and triple crown winner

Winning the Triple Crown is a rare feat. The three races are held on different tracks, at different distances, and often attract a competitive field of contenders. The challenge of winning all three races and the difficulty of maintaining peak performance throughout the series make the Triple Crown a remarkable accomplishment.

Only a select number of horses have been able to capture the Triple Crown. 13 horses have achieved this feat, with the first being Sir Barton in 1919 and the most recent being Justify in 2018. These horses, including legends like Secretariat, Affirmed, and American Pharoah, have left an indelible mark on horse racing and have become household names.

Triple Crown Winners List

Year Winner
2018 Justify
2015 American Pharoah
1978 Affirmed
1977 Seattle Slew
1973 Secretariat
1948 Citation
1946 Assault
1943 Count Fleet
1941 Whirlaway
1937 War Admiral
1935 Omaha
1930 Gallant Fox
1919 Sir Barton

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