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Horse Racing Champions

Major thoroughbred stakes races champion horses

The Triple Crown, the rare feat of winning the top three races - the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes-- is the royal jewel of horse racing in America and is the pinnacle for three-year-olds (colts, fillies, geldings) and horse breeders.

In its 74-year-history, only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, while 21 hopefuls finished only one win shy from the honor. The last horse to capture the crown was Affirmed in 1978.

Here's the complete list of all Triple Crown winners, and those who nearly embraced it but fell short.


Triple Crown Winners:


Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1919 Sir Barton John Loftus H.G. Bdwell JKL Ross
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande James Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1935 Omaha William Saunders J. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger George Conway Samuel Riddle
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Ben Jones Calumet Farm
1943 Count Fleet John Longden Don Cameron Mrs. JD Hertz
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch King Ranch
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Ben Jones Calumet Farm
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet William Turner Jr. Karen Taylor
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Lazaro Barrera Harbor View Farm

Triple Crown Misses (Kentucky Derby/Preakness winners):


Year Horse
2004 Smarty Jones
2003 Funny Cide
2002 War Emblem
1999 Charismatic
1998 Real Quiet
1997 Silver Charm
1989 Sunday Silence
1987 Alysheba
1981 Pleasant Colony
1979 Spectacular Bid
1971 Canonero II
1969 Majestic Prince
1968 Forward Pass
1966 Kauai King
1964 Northern Dancer
1961 Carry Black
1958 Tim Tam
1944 Pensive
1936 Bold Venture
1932 Burgoo King

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The Eclipse Awards Champion Horses


The Eclipse Awards, honoring the Horse of the Year and other champions of the sport, are sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Assn. In 1998, the NTRA replaced the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America as co-sponsor.


Eclipse Horse of the Year Award Winners:

2004 - Ghostzapper
2003 -- Mineshaft
2002 -- Azeri (4)
2001 -- Point Given (3)
2000 -- Tiznow (3)
1999 -- Charismatic (3)
1998 -- Skip Away (6)
1997 -- Favorite Trick (2)
1996 -- Cigar (6)
1995 -- Cigar (5)
1994 -- Holy Bull (3)
1993 -- Kotashaan (5)
1992 -- A.P. Indy (3)
1991 -- Black Tie Affair (5)
1990 -- Criminal Type (5)
1989 -- Sunday Silence (3)
1988 -- Alysheba (4)
1987 -- Ferdinand (4)
1986 -- Lady's Secret (4)
1985 -- Spend A Buck (3)
1984 -- John Henry (9)
1983 -- All Along (4)
1982 -- Conquistador Cielo (3)
1981 -- John Henry (6)
1980 -- Spectacular Bid (4)
1979 -- Affirmed (4)
1978 -- Affirmed (3)
1977 -- Seattle Slew (3)
1976 -- Forego (6)
1975 -- Forego (5)
1974 -- Forego (4)
1973 -- Secretariat (3)
1972 -- Secretariat (2)
1971 -- Ack Ack (5)


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Horse Racing Hall of Fame:


Every Year the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame inducts accomplished jockeys, trainers and horses into the Hall of Fame.

Here are the horses who have made an immortal career:

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Ap Indy 2000 1989
Ack Ack 1986 1966
Affectionately 1989 1960
Affirmed 1980 1975
All Along 1990 1979
Alsab 1976 1939
Alydar 1989 1975
Alysheba 1993 1984
American Eclipse  1970 1814
Armed 1963 1941
Artful 1956 1902
Arts and Letters 1994 1966
Assault 1964 1943

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Battleship 1969 1927
Bayakoa 1998 1984
Bed o'Roses 1976 1947
Beldame 1956 1901
Ben Brush 1955 1893
Bewitch 1977 1945
Bimelech 1990 1937
Black Gold 1989 1921
Black Helen 1991 1932
Blue Larkspur 1957 1926
Bold 'n Determined 1997 1977
Bold Ruler 1973 1954
Bon Nouvel 1976 1960
Boston 1955 1833
Bowl of Flowers 2004 1958
Broomstick 1956 1901
Buckpasser 1970 1963
Busher 1964 1942
Bushranger 1967 1930

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Cafe Prince 1985 1970
Carry Back 1975 1958
Cavalcade 1993 1931
Chris Evert 1988 1971
Cicada 1967 1959
Cigar 1967 1959
Citation 1959 1945
Coaltown 1983 1945
Colin 1956 1905
Commando 1956 1898
Count Fleet 1961 1940
Crusader 1995 1923

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Dahlia 1981 1970
Damascus 1974 1964
Dark Mirage 1974 1965
Davona Dale 1985 1976
Desert Vixen 1979 1970
Devil Diver 1980 1939
Discovery 1969 1931
Domino 1955 1891
Dr. Fager 1971 1964

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Easy Goer 1997 1986
EightThirty 1994 1936
Elkridge 1966 1938
Emperor of Norfolk 1988 1885
Equipoise 1957 1928
Exceller 1999 1973
Exterminator 1957 1915

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Fair Play 1956 1905
Fairmount 1985 1921
Fashion 1980 1837
Firenze 1981 1884
Flatterer 1994 1979
Flawlessly 2004 1988
Foolish Pleasure 1995 1972
Forego 1979 1970
Fort Marcy 1998 1964

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Gallant Bloom 1977 1966
Gallant Fox 1957 1927
Gallant Man 1987 1954
Gallorette 1962 1942
Gamely 1980 1964
Genuine Risk 1986 1977
Go For Wand 1996 1987
Good and Plenty 1956 1900
Granville 1997 1933
Grey Lag 1957 1918
Gun Bow 1999 1960

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Hamburg 1986 1895
Hanover 1955 1884
Henry of Navarre 1985 1891
Hill Prince 1991 1947
Hindoo 1955 1878
Holy Bull 2001 1991

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Imp 1965 1894

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Jay Trump 1971 1957
John Henry 1990 1975
Jonhnstown 1992 1936
Jolly Roger 1965 1922

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Kelso 1967 1957
Kentucky 1983 1861
Kingston 1955 1884

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
La Prevoyante 1995 1970
Lady's Secret 1992 1982
L'Escargot 1977 1963
Lexington 1955 1850
Longfellow 1971 1867
Luke Blackburn 1956 1877

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Majestic Prince 1988 1966
Man O'War 1957 1917
Maskette 2001 1908
Miesque 1999 1984
Miss Woodford 1967 1880
Myrtlewood 1979 1932

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Nashua 1965 1952
Native Dancer 1978 1950
Native Diver 1978 1959
Needles 2000 1953
Neji 1966 1950
Noor 2002 1945
Northern Dancer 1976 1961

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Oedipus 1978 1946
Old Rosebud 1965 1911
Omaha 1965 1932

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Pan Zareta 1972 1910
Parole 1984 1873
Paseana 2001 1987
Personal Ensign 1993 1984
Peter Pan 1956 1904
Precisionist 2003 1981
Princess Doreen 1982 1921
Princess Rooney 1991 1980

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Real Delight 1987 1949
Regret 1957 1949
Reigh Count 1978 1925
Riva Ridge 1998 1969
Roamer 1981 1911
Roseben 1956 1901
Round Table 1972 1954
Ruffian 1976 1972
Ruthless 1975 1864

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Salvator 1955 1886
Sarazen 1957 1921
Seabiscuit 1958 1933
Searching 1978 1952
Seattle Slew 1981 1974
Secretariat 1974 1970
Serena's Song 2002 1992
Shuvee 1975 1966
Silver Spoon 1978 1956
Sir Archy 1955 1956
Sir Barton 1957 1916
Skip Away 2004 1993
Slew o'Gold 1992 1980
Spectacular Bid 1982 1976
Stymie 1975 1941
Sun Beau 1996 1925
Sunday Silence 1996 1986
Susan's Girl 1976 1969
Swaps 1966 1952
Sword Dancer 1977 1956
Sysonby 1956 1902

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Ta Wee 1994 1966
Ten Broek 1982 1872
Tim Tam 1985 1955
Tom Fool 1960 1949
Top Flight 1966 1929
Tosmah 1984 1961
Twenty Grand 1957 1928
Twilight Tear 1963 1941
Two Lea 1982 1946

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HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
War Admiral 1958 1934
Whirlaway 1959 1938
Whisk Broom II 1979 1907
Winning Colors 2000 1985

HORSE YEAR ELECTED YEAR FOALED
Zaccio 1990 1976
Zev 1983 1920