Triple Crown Winners


The Triple Crown of horse racing consists of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. It traditionally starts on the First Saturday in May with the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later with the Preakness Stakes followed by the Belmont Stakes three weeks after that.

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The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered the most elusive feat in horse racing, and perhaps in all of sports. The 11 Triple Crown Winners are listed below.  I'll Have Another was the latest horse to win two legs of the Triple Crown, only to scratch the day before the 2012 Belmont Stakes.

Triple Crown Winners of Horse Racing

Triple Crown winner Sir Barton
Sir Barton

Gallant Fox


War Admiral
Triple Crown winner Whirlaway
Triple Crown winner Count Fleet
Count Fleet


Triple Crown winner Secretariat
Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew
Seattle Slew
Affirmed silks

Triple Crown winners trophy 

Sir BartonJohn LoftusH. G. BedwellJ. K. L. Ross
1930Gallant FoxEarl SandeJames FitzsimmonsBelair Stud
1935OmahaWilliam SaundersJames FitzsimmonsBelair Stud
1937War AdmiralCharley KurtsingerGeorge ConwaySamuel D. Riddle
1941WhirlawayEddie ArcaroBen A. JonesCalumet Farm
1943Count FleetJohn LongdenDon CameronMrs. J. D. Hertz
1946AssaultWarren MehrtensMax HirschKing Ranch
1948CitationEddie ArcaroBen A. JonesCalumet Farm
1973SecretariatRon TurcotteLucien LaurinMeadow Stable
1977Seattle SlewJean CruguetWilliam Turner, Jr.Karen L. Taylor
1978AffirmedSteve CauthenLazaro S. BarreraHarbor View Farm

Kentucky Derby / Preakness Stakes Doubles

The following horses won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to lose the Belmont Stakes.

Year Horse Belmont Result (Winner)
1932 Burgoo King (Did not start)
1936 Bold Venture (Did not start)
1944 Pensive 2nd (Bounding Home)
1958 Tim Tam 2nd (Cavan)
1961 Carry Back 7th (Sherluck)
1964 Northern Dancer 3rd (Quadrangle)
1966 Kauai King 4th (Amberoid)
1968 **Forward Pass 2nd (Stage Door Johnny)
1969 Majestic Prince 2nd (Arts and Letters)
1971 Canonero II 4th (Pass Catcher)
1979 Spectacular Bid 3rd (Coastal)
1981 Pleasant Colony 3rd (Summing)
1987 Alysheba 4th (Bet Twice)
1989 Sunday Silence 2nd (Easy Goer)
1997 Silver Charm 2nd (Touch Gold)
1998 Real Quiet 2nd (Victory Gallop)
1999 Charismatic 3rd (Lemon Drop Kid)
2002 War Emblem 8th (Sarava)
2003 Funny Cide 3rd (Empire Maker)
2004 Smarty Jones 2nd (Birdstone)
2008 Big Brown DNF (Da'Tara)
2012 I'll Have Another Did Not Start (Union Rags)


Triple Crown Near Misses

The following list is horses who won two thirds of the Triple Crown, not necessarily in order.

Year Horse Races Won Other Result
1920 Man O'War Preakness/Belmont Did Not Start in Kentucky Derby
1922 Pillory Preakness/Belmont Did Not Start in Kentucky Derby
1923 Zev Derby/Belmont 12th Preakness (Vigil)
1931 Twenty Grand Derby/Belmont 2nd Preakness (Mate)
1939 Johnstown Derby/Belmont 5th Preakness (Challedon)
1940 Bimelech Preakness/Belmont 2nd Derby (Gallahadion)
1942 Shut Out Derby/Belmont 5th Preakness (Alsab
1949 Capot Preakness/Belmont 2nd Derby (Ponder)
1950 Middleground Derby/Belmont 2nd Preakness (Hill Prince)
1953 Native Dancer Preakness/Belmont 2nd Derby (Dark Star)
1955 Nashua Preakness/Belmont 2nd Derby (Swaps)
1956 Needles Derby/Belmont 2nd Preakness (Fabius)
1963 Chateaugay Derby/Belmont 2nd Preakness (Candy Spots)
1967 Damascus Preakness/Belmont 3rd Derby (Proud Clarion)
1972 Riva Ridge Derby/Belmont 4th Preakness (Bee Bee Bee)
1974 Little Current Preakness/Belmont 5th Derby (Cannonade)
1976 Bold Forbes Derby/Belmont 3rd Preakness (Elocutionist)
1984 Swale Derby/Belmont 7th Preakness (Gate Dancer)
1988 Risen Star Preakness/Belmont 3rd Derby (Winning Colors)
1991 Hansel Preakness/Belmont 10th Derby (Strike the Gold)
1994 Tabasco Cat Preakness/Belmont 6th Derby (Go For Gin)
1995 Thunder Gulch Derby/Belmont 3rd Preakness (Timber Country)
2001 Point Given Preakness/Belmont 5th Derby (Monarchos)
2005 Afleet Alex Preakness/Belmont 3rd Derby (Giacomo)


What the Nation is saying about Triple Crown Winners...

vedi genetica...kentucky derby preekness.. best of th best "nothern dancer... majectic prince...alysheba"..is kentucky derby is preakness... fanno storia... ça c'est l'histoire..ici et là...
quizás corra este año la triple corona...breeder's..possibile si abbiamo tempo.."triple crown"..breeder's.... mancano molti giornii.. one horse best of the best.. "fioravanti".. my trainer el nono.. gotardo cervellatti..tanti anni fá.. "arco veggio" bolonia... antica.. best of the best
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  • footlick · Forward Pass did win the Preakness and finished second in the Belmont. Would have been even more controversy if he won the Belmont. · 503 days ago ·
  • kay.robinett · I have heard all sorts of conspiracy theories about Dancer's Image and his Derby. Most involve politics and the Civil Rights Movement. Supposedly the colt was given bute far enough before the race that it should have been cleared from his system on race day. I suppose it is one of those foggy things (like Man o' War and Secretariat both being rumored to have been on race day drugs) where we will never know what really went down... · 503 days ago ·
I think we might see a TC this year. A bunch of great colts out there.
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  • edgaropena · @ Kay- very good perspective. I also have my doubts there will ever be a tc any time soon for the same reasons mentioned. In addition, look at I'll have Another, who almost won this years tc, but was sold and sent to Japan, States individual handle with drugs, Churchill Downs creating a ridiculous points system prior to be Derby- few examples of a failed business model with no on real leadership. · 544 days ago ·
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · agreed that we'll see one · 544 days ago ·
Everyone watch out for 2014, the horse by Curlin-Rachel Alexandra will be the next Triple Crown Winner
I'm sorry, but I'd rename "Triple Crown Near Misses" to something else. To be a near miss, you have to first win the Derby and then the Preakness. and then maybe lose by a nose at the Belmont.
http://www.drf.com/news/beyer-triple-crown-drought-result-change-breeding-priorities This is an article every horse racing fan should read.
  • cocoa2 · Da’ Tara was so lightly regarded in the United States that he was exiled to Venezuela. LOL · 683 days ago ·
i really think i 'll have another has a great shot here, the 2nd best horse isn't going to the belmont and the others better fire hard it's do or die for them.
i want another.
Just gonna keep thinking positive, good thoughts! I would LOVE to see a Triple Crown with a smooth, easy ride!
the one fact i keep going back to is all eleven t.c. winners ran at belmont before june of their 3-yo season. i think that matters a lot.
  • icyhotboo · In this race while it's true you need the horse you need the jockey just as much. Calvin blew this race on MTB but so did many others before him. · 694 days ago ·
I'm keeping positive !! It would be so great !!!
I think there's a real chance this year!
I just don't see anyone winning the triphle crown unless someone spectaular can win these three premier horse races.
i don't see NORTHERN DANCER on the list Derby/Preakness???????????
ok ....i see him
Watch out for TC this year. Last 2 chances came on a leap year. The year ends in 12 and we are looking for the 12th winner.
  • Mary Z. · I don't know if we'll get another TC winner, but the build up will be more exciting if young Margano starts winning on dirt. · 839 days ago ·
2011 uncle mo will be a triple crown winner