Triple Crown Winners


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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.  

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Becoming the 13th Triple Crown Winner!

The Triple Crown of horse racing consists of the Kentucky DerbyPreakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.  The series starts on the first Saturday in May with the Kentucky Derby, then followed two weeks later by the Preakness with the Belmont three weeks later. 

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
American Pharoah silks
Justify 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
2015American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob BaffertZayat Stables 
2018Justify Mike SmithBob BaffertChina Horse Club, WinStar Farm, et al 

• How The Triple Crown Got Its Name

Kentucky Derby / Preakness Stakes Doubles

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

YearHorseBelmont Result (Winner)

1932Burgoo King(Did not start)
1936Bold Venture(Did not start)
1944Pensive2nd (Bounding Home)
1958Tim Tam2nd (Cavan)
1961Carry Back7th (Sherluck)
1964Northern Dancer3rd (Quadrangle)
1966Kauai King4th (Amberoid)
1968**Forward Pass2nd (Stage Door Johnny)
1969Majestic Prince2nd (Arts and Letters)
1971Canonero II4th (Pass Catcher)
1979Spectacular Bid3rd (Coastal)
1981Pleasant Colony3rd (Summing)
1987Alysheba4th (Bet Twice)
1989Sunday Silence2nd (Easy Goer)
1997Silver Charm2nd (Touch Gold)
1998Real Quiet2nd (Victory Gallop)
1999Charismatic3rd (Lemon Drop Kid)
2002War Emblem8th (Sarava)
2003Funny Cide3rd (Empire Maker)
2004Smarty Jones2nd (Birdstone)
2008Big BrownDNF (Da'Tara)
2012I'll Have AnotherDid Not Start (Union Rags)
California Chrome
4th (Tonalist)


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)


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Everyone watch out for 2014, the horse by Curlin-Rachel Alexandra will be the next Triple Crown Winner
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  • jockey2be · Yeah,Carolyn was telling Steve to keep calm and shut up! · 2780 days ago
  • hearnimal · i dont think will see Mr.Coburn again as far as horse racing. But never say never i guess · 2780 days ago
Since I live right near the Belmont Racetrack, it wiould be a thrill to have a Triple Crown winner with California Chrome. I was in Westchester when Affirmed (the last 3X winner) won here. The weather looks perfect for C.C.!
After "i'll Have Another" was rightfully held out of the Belmont - hopes re-sprngs eternal that we will finally witness another Triple Crown Champion. The World will be watching -so exciting!!
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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. · 3376 days ago
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · agreed that we'll see one · 3376 days ago
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. 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 · 3515 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. · 3526 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.