A Triple Crown™, an honor of a lifetime, is what every horse racing team strives for. Jockey, Trainer, Owner and everyone in between sets out at the Kentucky Derby® for their first win, enters the Preakness Stakes with high hopes, and then aims to complete the trifecta at the Belmont Stakes. What many don’t realize is how rare it is for a horse to mark his name in history as a Triple Crown™ winner. (So difficult that only 12 horses have claimed victory from 1919 – 2015.)
Derby Experiences is here to breakdown each victory, pedigree and team of the 12 Triple Crown™ winners for you in a 12-part series occurring the last Tuesday of each month. Starting with Sir Barton in 1919 and ending in American Pharoah in 2015, saddle-up, because here we go.
Sir Barton, 1919
Marking history as the first Triple Crown™ winner, Sir Barton started his season debut at the Kentucky Derby® and road that victory through the 1919 Belmont Stakes. Bred in Kentucky by John E. Madden and later sold to J.K.L Ross in late 1918, many believed Sir Barton had potential as the pacemaker going into his 3-year-old season. Ridden by Johnny Loftus, he went on to win the Kentucky Derby® at 5 lengths, Preakness Stakes by 4 lengths, and Belmont Stakes by setting an American record at the time for a 1 mile and 3/8ths race.
Winning those three races and a fourth in between the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the Withers Stakes, Sir Barton was honored as the 1919 Horse of the Year.
Secure Your Spot for the First Leg of the Triple
Be there to witness as the 3-year-old thoroughbreds start their journey towards the Triple Crown™ at the 2018 Kentucky Derby®. As the Official Partner of Churchill Downs®, Derby Experiences provides an unmatched experience for every guest during the Kentucky Derby® weekend. With vast seating selections and hospitality venues, accommodation options located throughout Louisville and exclusive party access, start your upcoming to Kentucky this May with Derby Experiences!