The brief history of the Triple crown

The brief history of the Triple crown

Horse racing has always been one of the most popular and most followed sports with fans tuning in to every race, attending the races live, and betting on their favorites online just like many sports fans do with codes such as Bonus kod za klaÄ‘enje. The Triple Crown is one of the most celebrated racing honors in the world. It’s also one of the most elusive ones, with only 12 horses ever having won it. The term “Triple Crown” was first used by English journalist Charles Hatton when he wrote about Sir Barton in 1930. In 1950, the Triple Crown Trophy was commissioned and awarded to all previous winners as well as those after 1950. Only 16 horses have won this award since then, including American Pharaoh in 2015 who won all three races by over 19 lengths each time!

The name Triple Crown

The name Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing was first used when English journalist Charles Hatton brought the term into American usage in 1930. Prior to that time, the three races were known as “The Derby” (Kentucky Derby), “The Oaks” (Oaks Stakes), and “The Belmont” (Belmont Stakes).

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The Triple Crown Trophy

The Triple Crown Trophy is awarded to a Triple Crown winner. It consists of three gold plates joined in the shape of a horseshoe and mounted on a wooden base. The trophy was intended to resemble the old Belmont Park grandstands, which were taken down shortly before the race was run for the first time at its new venue in Elmont, New York.

The traditional value of winning all three races has been called into question over the last few years by some commentators who point out that many horses are able to maintain their form through two legs but fail at Belmont due to the distance or surface changes involved. In addition, some trainers have suggested that running three times in five weeks may not be healthy for older horses and could even lead them to injury problems later on in life

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Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown, most recently American Pharaoh

The first horse to sweep all three of these events was Sir Barton in 1919, but his victory has never been recognized by any official body due to a technicality involving his eligibility for the races; nevertheless, he has remained well known throughout history for winning all three races in such quick succession that year (less than two weeks). Many other horses have won two out of three Triple Crowns over time; perhaps most notably Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and American Pharoah (2015).

American Pharaoh is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was foaled on February 9, 2013, at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Kentucky. He won the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd with jockey Victor Espinoza riding and trainer Bob Baffert training him to victory. They won by 5 lengths over Firing Line and Dortmund.


The Triple Crown is one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing awards. It was first awarded to Sir Barton in 1919 and has been given to 12 other horses since then. There have also been many attempts at winning this elusive title that fell short; however, if you’re not willing to give up when things don’t go as planned then perhaps someday soon we’ll see another winner!