TRIPLE CROWN SUCCESSES
Eleven 3-year-olds have won the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes). Twenty have failed by losing in the Belmont. Here are the success stories: 1978—Affirmed duels with archrival Alydar for about the final five-eighths of a mile and beats him by a head. The other three starters finish far back. 1977—Seattle Slew has no problems disposing of seven rivals, leading all the way and winning by 4 lengths. 1973—In probably the greatest performance ever by a racehorse, Secretariat wins by from 31 to 45¼ lengths over four rivals in 2:24, which still stands as a world record for 1½ miles on dirt. 1948—Citation leads seven rivals every step of the way and wins by 8 lengths. 1946—Third with about an eighth-mile remaining, Assault charges to victory by 3 lengths in a seven-horse field. 1943—Count Fleet gets no competition from two rivals and wins by 25 lengths. 1941—Whirlaway opens a 7-length lead at midpoint, then finishes in hand for a 2½ length win in a four-horse field. 1937—War Admiral takes lead shortly after start and holds it for a 3-length win in seven-horse field. 1935—Shuffled back at the start, Omaha overtakes Firethorn in the stretch and wins by 1½ lengths in a field of four. 1930—Gallant Fox leads almost all the way and wins by 3 lengths in a four-horse field. 1919—Sir Barton has no trouble beating only two rivals, winning by 5 lengths over 1 3/8 miles. Distance becomes 1½ miles in 1926.
TRIPLE CROWN LETDOWNS
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The horses that have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but not the Belmont (with result in third leg of the Triple Crown): 2014—California Chrome (fourth-DH); 2012—I’ll Have Another (scratched); 2008—Big Brown (ninth); 2004—Smarty Jones (second); 2003—Funny Cide (third); 2002—War Emblem (eighth); 1999—Charismatic (third); 1998—Real Quiet (second); 1997—Silver Charm (second); 1989—Sunday Silence (second); 1987—Alysheba (fourth); 1981—Pleasant Colony (third); 1979—Spectacular Bid (third); 1971—Canonero II (fourth); 1969—Majestic Prince (second); 1968—x-Forward Pass (second); 1966—Kauai King (fourth); 1964—Northern Dancer (third); 1961—Carry Back (seventh); 1958—Tim Tam (second); 1944—Pensive (second); 1936—Bold Venture (did not run); 1932—Burgoo King (did not run). x-won Derby on disqualification of Dancer’s Image for testing positive for illegal medication.
(Most Preakness victories since 1909) 6—D. Wayne Lukas (1980 Codex; 1985 Tank’s Prospect; 1994 Tabasco Cat; 1995 Timber Country; 1999 Charismatic; 2013 Oxbow) 6—Bob Baffert (1997 Silver Charm; 1998 Real Quiet; 2001 Point Given; 2002 War Emblem; 2010 Lookin at Lucky; 2015 American Pharoah) 4—Thomas Healey (1922 Pillory; 1923 Vigil; 1926 Display; 1929 Dr. Freeland) 4—James Fitzsimmons (1930 Gallant Fox; 1935 Omaha; 1955 Nashua; 1957 Bold Ruler) 4—H.A. “Jimmy” Jones (1947 Faultless; 1948 Citation; 1956 Fabius; 1958 Tim Tam)