In order to win the Triple
Crown, a horse must win three races. Only 11 horses in history have won
the Triple Crown. The last Horse to become a Triple Crown Champion was
a horse named "Affirmed" in 1978.
First of the three
races is "The Kentucky Derby".
aka: "Run for the Roses"
The Kentucky Derby is
the longest continuously held sporting event in the United States,
and one of the most recognizable horse races in the world. First run in
1875 (year Churchill Downs was opened by Col. M Lewis Clark). The million
dollar one and a quarter mile event is in its 130th year (2005).
Each year on the first Saturday of May, the Kentucky Derby is held at The
Kentucky Church Hill Downs Thoroughbred
track in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky Horse
Second of the three
races is "The Preakness Stakes"
aka: "Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown"
The Preakness Stakes was first run in
1873. The winner is awarded the "Woodlawn Vase" The Woodlawn Vase is the
most valuable trophy in American sports and is valued at $1 million dollars.
The Preakness Stakes is held 2 weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Pimlico
Thoroughbred track in
Baltimore, Maryland. Maryland Horse Racing Tracks
Third Race of the
three races is "The Belmont Stakes"
aka: "The final Jewel"
The Belmont Stakes inaugural
race was in 1867. The one and a half mile is the longest of the Triple
Crown Races. Thoroughbred
track "Belmont Park" in Elmont,
New York (NYC). New York Horse Racing Tracks
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