The Triple Crown is one if sports hardest accomplishments to in all of sports and only 11 horses have won the coveted Triple Crown.
To win a Triple Crown, a horse must win 3 long races in 5 weeks, at 3 different tracks, in 3 different states. Triple Crown hopefuls must first win the Kentucky Derby in Lexington Kentucky. The second jewel of the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes held at the Pimlico racing track in Maryland. The final jewel and at Triple Crown is a the Belmont Stakes which was first run in 1867 in New York state.
Sir Barton was the first horse to claim the Triple Crown, capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the same year. Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) have followed.
There have been 17 horses that have won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown and failed to win at the Belmont. Two of them, Burgoo King in 1932 and Bold Venture in 1936, didn't run in New York. Silver Charm and Real Quiet finished second in 1997 and 1998, respectively, while Charismatic placed third last year.