The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing is a prestigious honor, which is comprised of three races, Preakness Stakes, the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Becoming a Triple Crown™ winner is the greatest honor that any horse racing team strives to achieve throughout their racing career. Only 12 horses in history have won the Triple Crown, proving just how hard it is to complete the trifecta.
Belmont Experiences is here to breakdown each victory, pedigree and team of the 12 Triple Crown™ winners for you in a 12-part series occurring every Tuesday. Today's Triple Crown™ winner is Gallant Fox, also known as "the red-headed horse" who was born to be great. Saddle-up, because here we go!
Proving himself early on, in the world of horse racing, Gallant Fox was destined for greatness beginning in 1929, as he won 11 of the 17 races he participated in. As he began his three-year-old season, many watched as he embarked on his journey to win the Triple Crown™.
Gallant Fox started with Preakness Stakes which, at the time, was the first leg of the Triple Crown™ and took an early lead to finish the race ¾ lengths in front. He rode this victory to the Kentucky Derby® two weeks later attracting a crowd of over 50,000 spectators who came to see this majestic colt, despite heavy rain and a muddy track, but it was all worth it as Gallant Fox went on to win.
At this time, Gallant Fox was known as “the red-headed-horse” which is how people began to recognize him as he went into the final leg of the Triple Crown™, Belmont Stakes. Bringing together yet another large crowd, he did not disappoint and won the race, making him the second Triple Crown™ winner in history!
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