Triple Crown Racing

Dated: 04/23/2018

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Now that winter is almost behind us, and it seems spring will last for a day and a half, we can start thinking warm thoughts. Usually, The Masters helps, looking at the beautiful landscaping, but that has come and gone. Now we can focus on horse racing and The Triple Crown.

For horse racing fans the season gets more exciting when a potential Triple Crown candidate emerges. As the Kentucky Derby approaches a handful of horses are discussed but after the Derby only one horse has a chance. And if that horse wins the Preakness also, then the fun really begins. Can anyone beat him? Is he the best race horse ever? One more race will tell.

2018 Triple Crown Race Dates

The Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs - May 5, 2018

The Preakness Stakes
Pimlico - May 19, 2018

The Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park - June 9, 2018

The Kentucky Derby

The first jewel in the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby. This race has earned the reputation of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. For most race fans the derby is a day long affair of mint juleps, classy to crazy hats, and celebrity watching. But for the horse owners, the “Run for the Roses” is the first step to see if their thoroughbred has a shot at the crown.

The Preakness Stakes

Thoroughbred racing comes to Maryland on the third Saturday in May each year for the second and shortest leg in The triple Crown. This week-long celebration concludes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and determines if there will be a Triple Crown contender for the year.
The Belmont Stakes
2 down 1 to go – can we crown a new champion? The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races. This third and final leg is contested three weeks after the Preakness and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Only 12 times has a horse been able to wrap it all up in New York.

Triple Crown Winners

1919 -Sir Barton
1930 -Gallant Fox
1935 -Omaha
1937 -War Admiral
1941 -Whirlaway
1943 -Count Fleet
1946 -Assault
1948 -Citation
1973 -Secretariat
1977 -Seattle Slew
1978 -Affirmed
2015 -American Pharoah

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