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Triple Crown Horse Racing Betting

There isn't a more impressive accomplishment in all of sports than winning the Triple Crown. Three-year old horses who often haven't run more than a handful of times in their careers have to win races on the first Saturday of May, the third Saturday of May and the first or second Saturday of June when they aren't truly raised to race more than once every five to six weeks, and they have to do so against different fields, at different distances and at different tracks. There's a reason that only 12 horses in the history of the Sport of Kings have ever won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes to claim the Triple Crown.

2020 Triple Crown Races

146th Kentucky Derby

Race Distance: 1 1/4 Miles

Record: 1:59.40 (Secretariat, 1973)

Purse: $3 Million

Qualification: Three-year-old thoroughbreds

While you can bet on horse racing year-round, the sport really comes alive on the first Saturday of May. That’s when the first leg of the Triple Crown is run in Louisville, Kentucky at historic Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is the most prestigious horse race in the United States. Since 1875, the finest thoroughbreds in the world have descended upon Louisville to find out which three-year-old is the fastest, and over 100,000 people will flock to the spectacle to sip on mint juleps and cheer on the ponies too.

The 2020 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 2. As is the case every year, the action at Churchill Downs can be seen live on NBC. Continue

145th Preakness Stakes

Race Distance: 1 3/16 Miles

Record: 1:53 (Secretariat, 1973)

Purse: $1.5 million

Qualification: Three-year-old thoroughbreds

The Preakness Stakes doesn’t have quite the same prestige as the Kentucky Derby, but the second leg of the Triple Crown is one year older than the Derby. The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans first took place in 1873, but it has a much rockier history than the first leg of the Triple Crown. In recent years, there were concerns that the race could be moved or shut down entirely until an agreement was reached that will keep the race at Pimlico Race Course for the foreseeable future.

The 2020 Preakness Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at 6:45 p.m. ET. As is the case every year, the action at Pimlico Race Course can be seen live on NBC. Continue

152nd Belmont Stakes

Race Distance: 1 1/2 Miles

Record: 2:24.00 (Secretariat, 1973)

Purse: $1.5 Million

Qualification: Three-year-old thoroughbreds

The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel of the Triple Crown and is also called the Test of Champions. It’s run in early June, five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. Many horses have lived to tell about the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but rare is the horse that can finish the deed and win the ultimate test of thoroughbred racing. American Pharoah broke a 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner here in 2015, and Bob Baffert celebrated here again three years later when Justify became the most recent Triple Crown winner. Both of those horses were trained by Baffert, but even the greatest active trainer in the sport only has three Belmont Stakes victories.

The 2020 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 6. As is the case every year, the action at Belmont Park can be seen live on NBC. Continue

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Triple Crown Format

There's no such thing as a cheap way into the Triple Crown race field anymore, as ponies have to either win one of the major prep races leading into the Run for the Roses or finish in the money multiple times over the course of their two- and three-year old year seasons. Horses don't just go from maidens to Triple Crown winners, and they don't retire without accomplishing other great things as well.

Triple Crown Winners

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER
2018 Justify Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet William H. Turner Jr.
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Horace A. Jones
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch
1943 Count Fleet Johnny Longden Don Cameron
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Ben Jones
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger George Conway
1935 Omaha Willie Saunders Jim Fitzsimmons
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande Jim Fitzsimmons
1919 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus H. Guy Bedwell

The longest stretch in the history of horse racing without a Triple Crown was from 1978 through 2015 before American Pharoah finally broke through and got the job done in one of the best moments in horse racing over the course of the last four decades. Prior to that, Seattle Slew and Affirmed won the Triple Crown in consecutive years, the only time that has happened to date.

The Triple Crown was claimed a whopping three times in the 1930s and four times in the 1940s, and it's unlikely we'll ever see anything like that degree of dominance again. Only one jockey and one trainer have ever won the Triple Crown twice. Eddie Arcaro was the rider for both Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948, while Jim Fitzsimmons trained Gallant Fox and Omaha in 1930 and 1935.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the great Secretariat. Not only did the horse nicknamed "Big Red" win all three legs of the Triple Crown, but he did so in record time in each race. All three records continue to stand to this day, and his 1973 Belmont Stakes winning time of 2:24 flat with a margin of victory of 31 lengths is still one of the most impressive displays all-time in the history of sports.

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