33 years. That’s how long it’s been since we’ve had a triple crown winner in Horse Racing. In 1978, Affirmed won the triple crown, marking the 2nd year in a row the crown was claimed(Seattle Slew won in 1977). Since then, we have had 11 horses win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to fall short in Belmont. There was a period of 8 years between 1997-2004, where 6 different horses had a shot at the Crown. Silver Charm and Real Quiet had the best chances in 1997 and 1998, with Silver Charm losing by a half length, while Real Quiet lost in a photo finish. Big Brown was the last horse to give it a shot, but cracked his hoof, and ultimately finished in last place.
I’ll Have Another has stormed onto the scene, and will be looking to make history later this summer. I’ll Have Another was rarely talked about going into the Kentucky Derby, entering the race with 15-1 odds. Bodemeister was the favorite, and led most of the race, until he was run down in the final stretch. In what seemed like a case of de ja vu all over again, the exact same thing happened in the Preakness, with I’ll Have Another taking it by a nose in the home stretch of the race. Now, history awaits.
What do you guys think? Will history be made at the Belmont Stakes? Let us know in the comments!