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What is the Triple Crown in Horse Racing?

The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes races form what is known as the Triple Crown of horse racing. With the Kentucky Derby starting the series in May, followed by the Preakness Stakes after two weeks and ending with the Belmont Stakes three weeks after that.

Take A Look At Triple Crown Betting

For horse racing enthusiasts, betting the Triple Crown provides an extra thrill that makes the race watching all the more exciting. Though Triple Crown bets are extremely difficult to win given it is run at three different distances in a short time period, horse race bettors know that placing a small bet can take them a long way if they do win. 

For example, placing a $20 bet on American Pharoah, who was the favorite to win it all in 2015 would have earned you $45.

Historically, the favorites usually don't win the race, so the smart bettors usually place their bets on horses like Carpe Diem, because he is not the favorite and has a better chance of winning the race than Stanford. 

It took a long time to see a horse beat the odds and win it all. Before 2015, when American Pharoah won, the 70's decade was the last to win the Triple Crown. "Seattle Slew" won it in 1977 and then "Affirmed" in 1978 making it a two consecutive year payday for those who went the extra mile and bet on them to win the Triple Crown.

But, there hasn’t been anything like the 40's that saw four Triple Crown winners and made horse betting huge among bettors. 

In recent times, only a few horses have come close to winning the Triple Crown, winning the first two races, but coming up short at the Belmont Stakes. Until, of course, American Pharoah went into the history books in 2015.

American Pharaoh won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Classic. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing.

An estimated 22 million U.S. television viewers watched the live Belmont race broadcast. Of 94,237 winning $2 tickets sold at Belmont Park, each with a yield of $3.50 for American Pharoah's first-place finish.

2018 Triple Crown Schedule

Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs | Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday, May 5

2:30 p.m. ET | TV: NBC

Preakness Stakes

Pimlico Race Course | Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, May 19

Belmont Stakes

Belmont Park | Elmont, New York

Saturday, June 9

Triple Crown Winners

  • 2015 – American Pharaoh
  • 1978 – Affirmed
  • 1977 – Seattle Slew
  • 1973 – Secretariat
  • 1948 – Citation    
  • 1946 – Assault     
  • 1943 – Count Fleet
  • 1941 – Whirlaway              
  • 1937 – War Admiral           
  • 1935 – Omaha                     
  • 1930 – Gallant Fox              
  • 1919 – Sir Barton

Triple Crown 2018

This is a year every fan is looking forward to.

The field includes not only the 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner in Good Magic, but also Solomini and Bolt d’Oro, the second and third places, respectively, in the Juvenile.

There are also the winners of three Grade 1 preps, two of whom are undefeated. Justify (Santa Anita Derby) and Magnum Moon (Arkansas Derby) have not gone wrong heading into the toughest and most important test of their careers.

Audible is sizzling hot after rebounding from a loss in his career debut to head onward to four straight wins with a three-length cherry-on-top win in the Florida Derby.

Mendelssohn brings an international flair, sparking off the most buzz around Europe’s blood since Arazi’s flop as a 4-5 favorite in the 1992 Derby.

Together they and 14 other entrants will create some magnificent fireworks on Saturday, and get the Triple Crown off to a rousing start.

Want to get your bets in on the Triple Crown? Here are the horse betting lines

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