Triple Crown Threats Since 1978

Summary of past 11 Triple Crown attempts since Affirmed won in 1978.

Previous Eleven Triple Crown Attempts

Year Derby / Preakness Winner Post Time Odds Finish Belmont Winner Post Time Odds Field Size
1979 Spectacular Bid 3/10 3rd Coastal 9/2 8
1981 Pleasant Colony 4/5 3rd Summing 8-1 11
1987 Alysheba 4/5 4th Bet Twice 8-1 9
1989 Sunday Silence 9/10 2nd Easy Goer 3/2 10
1997 Silver Charm Even 2nd Touch Gold 5/2 7
1998 Real Quiet 4/5 2nd Victory Gallop 9/2 11
1999 Charismatic 3/2 3rd Lemon Drop Kid 30-1 12
2002 War Problem 6/5 8th Sarava 70-1 11
2003 Funny Cide Even 3rd Empire Maker 2-1 6
2004 Smarty Jones 2/5 2nd Birdstone 38-1 9
2008 Big Brown 3/10 DNF Da' Tara 38-1 9

Nobody knows for sure how likely California Chrome’s chances are to win the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. If you believe the hype his chances are pretty damn good and he’s certain to go off at odds on. If you review the table above, you’ll see his task is incredibly daunting. Which would of course make a California Chrome victory on Saturday all the more impressive.

He could very well be a special horse that comes around once every few decades. Or not. One of the many things that make horse racing so enthralling is it’s natural unpredictability. While this weekend there will be money won and lost by serious handicappers and casual fans alike, I encourage everyone to step back and savor the anticipation, the excitement, and relish in the unexpected.

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