When was the last time we had a triple crown winner?
In 1978, Affirmed was our last triple crown winner.
The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, often shortened to Triple Crown, comprises three races for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses. Winning all three of these races – The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont – is considered the greatest accomplishment of a Thoroughbred racehorse.
This year you can watch history as American Pharoah tries to prove he belongs among the great 3-year olds that have come along in recent memory, and as one of the best ever attempting the Triple Crown.
Here are a few facts that were new to me and I’d like to share with you. These come from Christopher Klein’s 2012 article for the History Channel “Horse Racing’s Triple Crown: 10 Fast Facts.” You can find the full article with this link: http://www.history.com/news/horse-racings-triple-crown-10-fast-facts
There have been 11 Triple Crown winners. – Thirty horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but 19 of them failed to win the Belmont. In addition to Sir Barton, the other Triple Crown winners have been Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978).
No horse was faster than Secretariat. – On June 9, 1973, Secretariat didn’t just become the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown—he may also have blazed the single greatest performance in horse racing history. After winning the Kentucky Derby in a record time that still stands, “Big Red,” as he was known, set a world record for a mile-and-a-half distance on a dirt track at 2 minutes, 24 seconds. The overwhelming favorite, at 1-10 odds, crossed Belmont’s finish line an unfathomable 31 lengths in front of the field. Secretariat was such a star that he was the only non-human on ESPN’s 100 Greatest Athletes of the Twentieth Century.
And finally – The Belmont Stakes is the oldest and longest Triple Crown event. – New York banker August Belmont established the Belmont Stakes, which was first run at Jerome Park in the present-day Bronx, in 1867. The race predates the Preakness (first run in 1873) and the Kentucky Derby (first run in 1875). At a distance of a mile and a half, it is the longest of the three races.
So, where can you watch and celebrate the Belmont Stakes this weekend? Mohegan Sun! Here’s the info:
Watch history in the making on Saturday, June 6th, live from the comforts of the Uncas Ballroom. Get in close to all the action on 9 large TV screens, 30 betting terminals, 1,000 seats and unique drink specials.
Meet and mingle with Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, jockey in North America Thoroughbred Horse Racing as well as model and Tom Quigley, VIP Player concierge at Santa Anita and host of Quigley’s Corner.
Make a $25 wager on Saturday, June 6th and receive a commemorative Mohegan Sun Belmont 2015 t-shirt while supplies last and with a $50 wager, receive a pass to enjoy the Belmont Festival buffet.
That’s all for now.