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Sorry Wall Streeters, we know you love to bet, and some of you probably put money on seeing a Triple Crown winner this year.But that’s not happening.
Champion horse I’ll Have Another was pulled out of the Belmont Stakes race tomorrow due problem in his left leg. The three-year-old chestnut Thoroughbred had already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in the prestigious series.
It takes winning all three races to become the Triple Crown titleholder.
The fact that I’ll Have Another is out is a huge deal in part because there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since 1978. Now race fans will have to wait for another horse to come along and make history at Belmont Park.
Until then, we’ve compiled a list of the Triple Crown’s previous winners.
Jockey: Johnny Loftus
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:09.80), Preakness (1:53.00) and Belmont Stakes (2:17.40)
Horse Bio: Sir Barton, a chestnut thoroughbred colt foaled in Kentucky, was the first horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes to become Horse of the Year. The term 'Triple Crown' wasn't really used officially until 1930 and The New York Times was the newspaper that started it.
During his four-year-old season in 1920, Sir Barton, who had problems with his hooves, was defeated by Man o' War by seven lengths. He never won another race.
After his racing days, Sir Barton served as a U.S. Army Remount stallion. He died 1937 of colic on a ranch in Wyoming.
Career Earnings: $116,857
Jockey: Earl Sande
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:07.60), Preakness (2:00.60) and Belmont Stakes (2:31.60)
Horse Bio: Gallant Fox was the second horse to win the Triple Crown, a term coined by the NYTimes. His racing career lasted from 1929 to 1930 winning 11 out of seventeen runs.
In 1930, after winning the Saratoga Cup it was announced that Gallant Fox was retiring to become a sire. He ended up siring a second-generation Triple Crown champion, Omaha.
Career Earnings: $328,165
Jockey: Willie 'Smokey' Saunders
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:05.00), Preakness (1:58.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:30.60)
Horse Bio: Omaha, who was sired by Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox, won the Triple Crown five years after his father.
Career Earnings: $154,755
Jockey: Charley Kurtsinger
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:03.20), Preakness (1:58.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:28.60).
Horse Bio: War Admiral was foaled in 1934 and sired by the famed Man o' War. He was the fourth horse in America to sweep up the Triple Crown winning the Belmont by 3 lengths despite a hoof injury.
When he was 4, he lost the Pimlico Special to rival Seabiscuit.
Career Earnings: $273,240
Jockey: Eddie Arcaro
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:01.40), Preakness (1:58.80) and Belmont Stakes (2:31.00).
Horse Bio: Whirlaway, who was foaled in 1938, was a two-time Horse of the Year and the fifth horse to garner the prestigious Triple Crown title.
He died in France in 1953.
Career Earnings: $561,161
Jockey: Johnny Longden
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:04.00), Preakness (1:57.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:28.20).
Horse Bio: Count Fleet was foaled in 1940 and died in 1973. During his three-year-old season, he swept up the Triple Crown winning the Kentucky Derby by 3 lengths, the Preakness by 8, and the Belmont by 25 ultimately being named Horse of the Year.
Career Earnings: $250,300
Jockey: Warren Mehrtens
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:06.60), Preakness (2:01.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:30.80)
Horse Bio: He became the seventh Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year in 1946 winning the Kentucky Derby by eight lengths, the Preakness by a neck and the Belmont by three lengths.
During his Triple Crown win, his trainer Max Hirsch said, 'I never trained a better horse.'
His racing career lasted for six years and he died in 1971.
Career Earnings: $675,470
Jockey: Eddie Arcaro
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:05.40), Preakness (2:02.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:28.20)
Horse Bio: Citation was a bay colt foaled in 1945. He was the first horse to earn more than a million dollars.
In 1948, he won 17 stakes races and earned the Triple Crown. That same year he was named the Best Handicap Horse and Horse of the Year.
He died in 1970.
Career Earnings: $1,085,760
Jockey: Ron Turcotte
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (1:59.40), Preakness (1:54.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:24.00)
Horse Bio: Secretariat (aka 'Big Red') was a chestnut who was sired by Bold Ruler and foaled in 1970.
Secretariat is considered one of the greatest race horses of all time and he still holds the records at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
He was honored with Horse of the Year at ages 2 and 3. He was also the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown.
Career Earnings: $1,316,808
Jockey: Jean Cruguet
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:02.20), Preakness (1:54.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:29.60)
Horse Bio: Seattle Slew was foaled in 1974 in Kentucky. He was sired by Bold Reasoning, a grandson of Bold Ruler (a.k.a. the father of Secretariat).
During his two-year-old season, he earned the Eclipse Award for being the best horse in North America for his age category. As a three-year-old, he won the Triple Crown and received the Eclipse Awards and was named Horse of the Year.
Seattle Slew ended his racing career with 14 first-place finishes and 2 second-place finishes in a total of 17 races.
Career Earnings: $1,208,726
Jockey: Steve Cauthen (He was a teenager and the youngest to win the Triple Crown)
Series Finishes: Kentucky Derby (2:01.20), Preakness (1:54.40) and Belmont Stakes (2:26.80)
Horse Bio: Affirmed, the great-great-grandson of War Admiral and the great-great-great grandson of the famed Man o' War, is the most recent winner of the Triple Crown.
The chestnut Thoroughbred was foaled in 1975. He was named Horse of the Year in both 1978-79 later inducted into the horse racing hall of fame in 1980.
Career Earnings: $2,393,818
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