Winning the Triple Crown™ is a prestigious honor. 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.
We have officially recapped all 12 Triple Crown™ winners in horse racing history! If you missed any of our breakdowns we've broken it down even more for you, below.
Known as the American Triple Crown, Sir Barton was crowned the first Triple Crown™ winner in 1919 and named horse of the year that very same year.
Maintaining a winning career throughout 1930, including being crowned a Triple Crown™ winner, Gallant Fox would later described as a “super horse” and “horse of the year.”
As the son of the 1930 Triple Crown™ winner, Gallant Fox, he made his father proud by becoming a Triple Crown™ winner himself in 1935.
Stumbling through the gate, War Admiral fought through injury during the last leg of the Triple Crown™ and set a new track record at the time, naming him the fourth winner of the Triple Crown™ in 1937.
With a habit of “bearing out”, which means moving towards the middle of the racetrack, Whirlaway wore a full-cup blinker with a tiny hole in the center. This gave him a narrow field of vision that led him to become the fifth Triple Crown™ winner in 1941.
Racing a similar story to the 1937 Triple Crown™ winner, Count Fleet ignored a severe ankle injury during the Belmont Stakes and powered through to win by a record setting 25 lengths in 1943.
At the 1946 Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown™, Assault was not favored to win despite winning the first two legs. Assault made one of his well-known swerves in the final stretch and positioned himself to win by three lengths which earned him a Triple Crown™! At 950 pounds, it was suggested that Assault was one of the smallest Triple Crown™ winners in history.
Citation was not given a choice when it came to winning the 1948 Triple Crown™. As a two-year-old the young colt had an outstanding year, winning eight out of nine races he competed in. As he entered the last leg, Belmont Stakes, Citation soared through the track with flying colors and claimed the Triple Crown™ at Belmont Park.
The one who broke a 25-year drought, Secretariat became the first Triple Crown™ winner since 1948. He ran the mile and a half race at the Belmont Stakes in 2:24, which became a world record many believed would never be broken and took the lead by a stunning 31-lengths!
In 1977 he went into the first leg of the Triple Crown™ without ever having lost a race, something no horse has ever done before, and captured a win at the Kentucky Derby®, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Winning the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes was enough to make him Horse of the Year in 1978 but this wasn’t the end of Affirmed. This Triple Crown™ winner was the only one to go on to accomplish so much more after completing the trifecta.
American Pharoah is the fifth generation descendent of a former Triple Crown™ winner, Secretariat, giving him big horseshoes to fill! The colt and his team ended the 37 year draught and hold's the title of the most recent Triple Crown™ winner.
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