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 Omaha, the son of the previous Triple Crown™ winner, Gallant Fox.
During Omaha’s career, he won nine out of 22 races which he participated in between the years 1934 and 1936. The three-year-old thoroughbred entered the Kentucky Derby® as the second favorite to win the race and despite cold weather and heavy rain, over 50,000 fans came out to witness the action. Omaha withstood the weather conditions and won the race by a length and a half without his jockey, Willie Saunders, ever having to use his whip.
A week later, Omaha raced in the Preakness Stakes where he was favored to win, which he did by a large six lengths! Following the race, he could not stand still during the ceremonies from all the excitement. On June 8th of that year, Omaha raced on a sloppy track in the last leg of the Triple Crown™, Belmont Stakes. Initially, he remained to the rear of the race but pushed his way to the front in the backstretch to win by a length and a half.
Making his father proud and continuing his legacy, Omaha was then dubbed the third Triple Crown™ winner.
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