Since 1919, when Sir Barton became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, only 11 horses have won racing’s most prestigious prize, the Triple Crown. Affirmed, in 1978, was the last horse to achieve the remarkable feat of winning all three races, at three different distances, at three different tracks, in the space of five weeks. The current 32-year gap between Triple Crown winners is the longest drought in the series’ history; in 1973 Secretariat ended a 25-year hiatus dating back to Citation’s 1948 triumph. In all, 21 horses, including seven in the past 13 years, have come into the Belmont Stakes with victories in the Derby and Preakness winners, only to fall short in the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion.”


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