Only eleven horses have won the elusive Triple Crown. The grueling schedule of three races in 5 weeks at longer distances than most have run previously in their careers is probably the most difficult task any horse will face in his racing career. Affirmed in 1978 still remains the last Triple Crown winner. Sadly, the last Triple Crown winner left alive, Seattle Slew, passed away on May 7, 2002. Several horses have come close in recent years, winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fail in the Belmont Stakes. Many thought Big Brown was a cinch to finally break the drought in 2008, but a bad hoof, and perhaps all the pressure to win, led to his debacle in the Belmont Stakes, pulling up in the turn and being eased while longshot Da'Tara won. Below i have 2 lists. Overall there have been 21 horses to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown (Last was in 2008, Big Brown), 18 Horses that have won the last 2 legs (Last was 2005, Afleet Alex) and 11 Horses that have won the first and third legs (Last was in 1995, Thunder Gulch). Below I have the last 11 horses to win the first two Legs and then all 11 Horses that have won the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby start time and official post time is 6:24pm ET this Saturday from Churchill Downsin Louisville, Kentucky. The complete Kentucky Derby schedule of television and radio for the weekend is as follows: Derby Countdown Show 8-10am ET Friday on HRRN Radio, 9:30am ET Kentucky Oaks Day Coverage on HRTV, 3-6:00pm ET Kentucky Oaks & Undercard Stakes Race Coverage on HRRN Radio, 4-5:00pm ET Derby Classics on NBC Sports Network, 5-6:00pm ET the Kentucky Oaks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Saturday: 9:30am ET Kentucky Derby Day Coverage on HRTV, 11am-4:00pm ET Kentucky Derby Undercard on NBC Sports Network, 2-4:00pm ET Kentucky Derby Undercard Stakes Race Coverage on HRRN Radio, 4-5:00pm ET Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Special on NBC Sports Network and 5-7:00pm ET the 138th Kentucky Derby live on NBC Sports Network. You can catch the Kentucky Derby wrap-up show on Sunday on HRTV.
Won First Two Legs: 1979 Spectacular Bud... 1981 Pleasant Colony... 1987 Alysheba... 1989 Sunday Silence... 1997 Silver Charm... 1998 Real Quiet... 1999 Charismatic... 2002 War Emblem... 2003 Funny Code... 2004 Smarty Jones... 2008 Big Brown.
11 Triple Crown Winners: 1991 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.
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